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NIJ Bulletin Addresses Effectiveness of Interventions for Youth Who Committed Crimes

Five Things About Juvenile Delinquency Intervention and Treatment

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has released “Five Things About Juvenile Delinquency Intervention and Treatment.”

The latest in NIJ’s “Five Things” series, this brief bulletin explores findings on interventions and treatment programs that seek to prevent crime and reduce recidivism among youth. It presents five statements based on practices and programs rated by CrimeSolutions, funded by OJJDP and NIJ.

The five statements are:

  • Juvenile awareness programs may be ineffective and potentially harmful.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy can reduce aggression in children and adolescents.
  • Multisystemic therapy reduces recidivism, rearrests, and the number of days youth spend in detention.
  • Intensive supervision of youth on probation does not reduce recidivism.
  • Incarceration-based therapeutic communities for youth with substance use disorders have not been found to reduce recidivism after release. 

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Date Published: July 15, 2022