Performance Measures and Juvenile Corrections: The Alabama Experience

David A. Bowers, University of South Alabama

Increasingly states are employing quantitative measures to assess the performancde of their juvenile justice systems. Alabama has recently joined this trend with the governor mandating that the Department of Youth Services develop performance measures and the legislature actually specifying measures in legislation. This paper will discuss the ways that other states and localities have iomplemented performance measures and suggest the best ways that performance measurement can be used. The paper will briefly discuss how successful the Alabama Department of Youth Services has been in actually implementing these measures.

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