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Intensive Parole Model for High-Risk Juvenile Offenders

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Date Published
December 2002
12 pages
This report presents an overview of the Washington State Intensive Parole Supervision Program for high-risk juvenile offenders initiated in 1998.
In 1997, the Washington State Legislature mandated the implementation of an intensive parole supervision program for high-risk juvenile offenders in the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) and modeled after the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Intensive Aftercare Program (IAP). The program became operational in 1998. Key elements of the JRA intensive parole supervision model consists of information management and program evaluation, assessment and selection criteria, individual case planning, a mixture of intensive surveillance and services, a balance of incentives and graduated consequences, service brokerage with community resources and linkage with social networks, and transition services. Changes in the program during 2002 to meet the needs of youth, families, and the community include: (1) revising the intensive parole standards to be more flexible and less prescriptive; (2) expansion of transition-focused multidisciplinary teams; (3) overall parole restructuring to train and implement the research-based model of Functional Family Parole Services; and (4) develop a JRA-wide Integrated Treatment Model. Future recidivism/evaluative studies of the program are scheduled to be conducted on the community phase, the partial residential phase and community phase, and full residential phase and community phase.