Juvenile Recidivism Rates

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A program’s considered ineffective if it does not have a positive impact on a juvenile’s recidivism rate. Studies have shown that juveniles that attend ineffective programs have higher rates of going back to the prison system. Boot camps, intensive parole and probation supervision programs have a negative impact on juveniles and no reduction in recidivism rates. Programs such as deterrence, scared straight, and teaching the juvenile discipline actually have an increase in recidivism (Wilson, 2011, p. 106). Lipsey (2009) notes that discipline interventions had the largest negative effects on recidivism with an increase of 8%, with deterrence interventions, increasing recidivism by 2% (Bostic, 2014).

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