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Title

The Impact of Two Los Angeles County Teen Courts on Youth Recidivism: Comparing Two Informal Probation Programs (Journal of Experimental Criminology)

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Adolescents/Children; Mental and Emotional Health

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2016-03-24T07:00:00Z

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Abstract

​This study sought to examine the impact of two Teen Courts operating in Los Angeles County, a juvenile justice system diversion program in which youths are judged by their peers and given restorative sentences to complete during a period of supervision.

A quasi-experimental design was used to compare youths who participated in Teen Courts to youths who participated in another diversion program administered by the Probation Department. Administrative data were abstracted from the probation records for all youths who participated in these programs between January 1, 2012 and June 20, 2014. Logistic and survival models were used to examine differences in recidivism, measured as whether the minor had any subsequent arrest or arrests for which the charge was filed.

Comparison group participants had higher rates of recidivism than Teen Court participants, after controlling for age, gender, race/ethnicity, and risk level. While the magnitude of the program effects were fairly consistent across model specifications, differences were not statistically significant in all scenarios.

While this study provides modest support for the positive impact of Teen Court, additional research is needed in order to better understand how juvenile diversion programs can improve youth outcomes.

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Journal Article: The Impact of Two Los Angeles County Teen Courts on Youth Recidivism: Comparing Two Informal Probation Program

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