Juvenile Breaking the Cycle

Status: complete

The goal of the project was to effect major changes in the lives of juvenile offenders in Lane County. JBTC identified high-risk juveniles with substance abuse problems immediately at intake into the Department of Youth Services; established the degree of the substance abuse problems and the presence of other psychological or criminogenic risk factors; enhanced the integrated service delivery of services; and ensured the systemic use of appropriate incentives and sanctions to encourage offenders to comply with treatment—and deter them from further criminal involvement. The primary enhancements to the juvenile justice system implemented by this project were 1) a juvenile drug court, 2) extensive urinalysis testing, and 3) incentives and rewards in addition to sanctions. The evaluation strategy examined the implementation and effectiveness of JBTC with respect to better integration and delivery of the system of services proposed for JBTC; improved outcomes for the program participants; and improved criminal justice and substance abuse outcomes for the community.

Project Team

Evaluation Liaison

Juliette Mackin, Ph.D.

Local Cost Study Evaluator

Michael Finigan, Ph.D.

Research Coordinator

Lance Schnacker, M.S.