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Delinquency Prevention Programs at a Glance
Total Number of Programs: 291

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Delinquency Prevention Practice Outcomes at a Glance
Total Number of Practices: 37

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Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) / Randomized Field Experiment

Refers to an experimental research design in which participants are randomly assigned to a treatment or a control group. Most social scientists consider random assignment to lead to the highest level of confidence that observed effects are the result of the program and not other variables.


Delinquency Prevention

When a juvenile commits an act that would be criminal if committed by an adult, the juvenile is determined to be delinquent. Delinquent acts may include crimes against persons, crimes against property, drug offenses, and crimes against public order. Delinquency prevention efforts seek to redirect youth who are considered at-risk for delinquency or who have committed a delinquent offense from deeper involvement in the juvenile justice system.



OJP Publications

Functional Family Therapy-Gangs: Adapting an Evidence-Based Program To Reduce Gang Involvement, NIJ, March 2020

Tip Lines for School Safety: A National Portrait of Tip Line Use, NIJ-Sponsored, February 2020

Kentucky Juvenile Justice Reform Evaluation: Assessment of Community-Based Services for Justice-Involved Youth, OJJDP-Sponsored, January 2020

An Assessment of the Effectiveness of Civil Citation as an Alternative to Arrest among Youth Apprehended by Law Enforcement, NIJ-Sponsored, 2019

Family Attachment and Juvenile Justice Outcomes: An Assessment of Visitation of Juvenile Delinquents in Residential Facilities, NIJ-Sponsored, 2019

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