Evaluating the South Oxnard Challenge Project

Amber Schroeder, RAND
Terry Fain, RAND
Susan Turner, RAND
Jodi Lane, University of Florida
Carmen Flores, Ventura County Probation Agency

ABSTRACT
The South Oxnard Challenge Project (SOCP) was developed as a 4-year demonstration project to test through a randomized experiment the practical applicability of Clear's Corrections of Place concepts and to examine the results of a newly developed collaborative approach to administering juvenile justice in South Oxnard, California. A total of 540 youth were randomly assigned to SOCP or rountine juvenile probation by February 29, 2000. The evaluation design called for data collection at the end of the intervention period and at age 6, 12, and 18-months after program completion. The study examined youth characteristics and compared the experimental and control groups on legislatively-mandated outcomes; recidivism and completion of probation, community service and restitution. The reearch team also measured staff contacts with youths, families, victims, and community. This presentation will give a brief overview of the project design and the final outcome results.

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Updated 05/20/2006