The Michigan Juvenile Intervention Initiative: Assessing Program Outcomes

Timothy S. Bynum, Michigan State University

The Michigan Office of Drug Control Policy has funded delinquency intervention programs in four Michigan cities for two years. These programs focused on 10 to 13 year old early adolescent delinquents that Farrington and Loeber (2000) characterized as extremely high risks for chronic and serious delinquent careers. Program criteria exclude trivial delinquents (curfew, truancy) and violent delinquents (serious assault, robbery). An assessment of family factors, anti-social behaviors, delinquent peers, and school factors was taken prior to the intervention and juveniles were tracked through the duration of the program.

This paper presents preliminary research findings from two sites regarding the relative success of the delinquency interventions involving 65 delinquents. Juveniles from a historical control group will be used as a comparison by matching on race, gender, age at offense, and offense type as a comparison to the subsequent levels of delinquency of offenders in the intervention programs.

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Updated 05/20/2006