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Los Angeles County Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act

NCJ Number
Terry Fain; Susan Turner; Greg Ridgeway
Date Published
67 pages
This is the second quarterly progress report for the evaluation of Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA) programs of the Los Angeles County Probation Department, which are county programs funded by the State that have proven effective in reducing crime among at-risk and young offenders.
Three of the five visited sites of the community-based organizations were rated "highly effective," and two were rated "effective." Four sites were rated "highly effective" in their capacity total; only one was rated "highly effective" in content. All five sites were rated "effective" or "highly effective in program leadership and development. All five sites were rated "effective" or "highly effective" in staff characteristics. Quality assurance was rated "highly effective" at three sites and "effective" at two. Treatment characteristics were rated "ineffective" at two sites, "needs improvement" at two sites, and "effective" at one site. Three sites scored highest in the domain of offender assessment; all five were rated "highly effective" due to the probation-administered Los Angeles Risk and Resiliency Checkup, which is used to determine risk and needs scores for program participants. None of the sites had a method for piloting new program components; the restrictive nature of their contracts with the probation department was considered a barrier to piloting new program components. The nine recommendations target the areas where the service providers need to improve based on the Correctional Program Checklist (CPC). The CPC addresses the domains of leadership and development, staff characteristics, quality assurance, offender assessment, and treatment. 7 figures, 3 tables, and 12 references