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Pooley, Kamarah (2020) What are the characteristics of effective youth offender programs? Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 604.

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A large body of literature has attempted to answer the question: what works in reducing youth reoffending? However, this literature often fails to provide specific guidance on program implementation. This review consolidates research on the practical implementation of tertiary youth offender programs to identify the design, delivery and implementation factors associated with positive changes in youth offending behaviours.

A systematic review of 44 studies revealed nine common components of effective programs. These components have been empirically associated with program effectiveness in methodologically diverse studies conducted in various contexts, suggesting they may contribute to reduced reoffending among young people who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Item Type
Report
Publication Type
International, Open Access, Guideline, Report, Review
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco)
Intervention Type
Crime prevention
Date
September 2020
Identification #
Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 604
Pages
22 p.
Publisher
Australian Institute of Criminology
Place of Publication
Canberra
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