Tuesday, May 26, 2009

DYRS study on recidivism

The Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) released Public Safety Outcomes among DYRS Youth, a recidivism report, in late 2008.   Two reasons it is important:
  • First, juvenile crime is a favorite topic of conversation especially in warming and warm weather.   This is particularly the case on the many community electronic discussion lists.
  • Second, the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary is considering the omnibus crime bill.   While the legislation does not specifically contemplate recidivism, the challenges of recidivism and the adoption of a common definition of it should be part of the dialogue.

The report analyzes re-conviction rates and other data for juveniles committed to DYRS as a way to assess the public safety impact of the many DYRS reform efforts.

Susie's commentary:   This is a useful tool, one that I wish I had known about when I was working on another project.   It contains information that is often absent from the public discourse on youth involvement in crime and delinquency, one that in fact refutes much of the current thinking about the revolving door of youth detention and re-involvement in crime.

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