Counting Juveniles on Probation: Reports From the Development of a National Census and Survey

Catherine A. Gallagher, George Mason University
Joseph Moone, O. J. J. D. P.

ABSTRACT
Record keeping on juveniles on probation is the prerogative of the local or state government administering probation. This means that there are vast differences as to the quality, scope anhd accessibility of data. Since probationers comprise the bulk of juveniles under the jurisdiction of justice agencies, it is critical to fill this gap in juvenile justice data. In response, The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has initiated a two-part standardized data collection effort on juvenile probation, including a census of juveniles on probation, and an indepth survey of juvenile probation. This paper reports results from two rounds of feasibility interviews across the nation. Impediments to the success of a uniform data collection will be discussed, as will the survey methods used, and aspect of the target population, reference day, and potential data elements.

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