Chicago Area Project in the Modern Metropolis: The Continuing Relevance of the Neighborhood-Based Approach

Glen Hylton, Chicago Area Project
Peter K.B. St. Jean, University of Chicago

ABSTRACT
Founded 68 years ago, the Chicago Area Project (CAP) manages the oldest community based juvenile delinquency prevention and rehabilitation program in the United States. The ideas and actions of CAP have contributed immensely to our understanding of juvenile delinquency in urban areas. However, for many years updates of CAP activities have almost completely disappeared from the academic scene. But CAP is alive and well. This paper attempts to refocus intellectual interest in CAP by reporting findings from a one-year recidivism assessment of its Juvenile Justice Diversion Project 1997 cohort. As the paper will indicate, CAP has maintained its classical protocols and has also integrated more recent concepts. The recidivism evaluation of the Chicago Area Project's Juvenile Justice Diversion Program 1997, 1998 and 1999 cohorts will be presented. The theoretical, methodological and policy implications of CAP's recent efforts will be discussed.

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