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Assessing a Residential Treatment Program in the Context of Rhode Island's Juvenile Justice Reforms

Goals and Objectives

The University of Rhode Island analyzed data that was collected from 2,053 adjudicated boys who were residents at Ocean Tides, Inc., between 1975 and 2015. The cross-sectional analysis compared results from 1975-2006 to 2007-2015 to assess changes in the program participants' characteristics and behaviors following statewide juvenile justice reforms that were implemented in 2006. Several specific indicators were studied to measure change, including:

  • Program completion
  • Violent behaviors
  • Noncompliant behaviors
  • Academic achievement
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Cooperation with teachers, staff, counselors, and other residents
  • Legal infractions (charges for new offenses).

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Date Created: February 18, 2020