An Innovative Program for Child Delinquents: Translating Research Into Practice

Hope Melton, Ramsey Co. All Children Excel (ACE) Prg.

Ramsey County ACE is an innovative multifaceted program that targets child delinquents under 10 at high risk for serious, violent, and chronic juvenile (SVJ) delinquency. The program is based on research regarding the causes of SVJ delinquency and its developmental pathways. This paper describes how a metropolitan county transformed research and policy recommendations into practice. It provides instructive information for researchers, policy makers, and practitioners interested in advancing innovative research-based delinquency prevention programs.

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Updated 05/20/2006