Improving the Odds for Kids: Tracking the Success of an Early Delinquency Intervention Program

Jeffry A. Will, University of North Florida
Vicki Waytowich, Daniel Memorial
Timothy Cheney, University of North Florida

Research on juvenile crime and delinquency strongly suggests that youth are best served through intensive programs providing both case management and education assistance. In this paper, we examine the outcomes of the Early Delinquency Intervention Program (EDIP) program over the past several years to assess the extent to which the program has been successful in having clients complete the program and in reducing recidivism rates. Established in the early 1990's, EDIP is designed to intervene with youth with limited (two or fewer) delinquency referrals, providing short term residential programming, coupled with long-term aftercare. As our primary focus, we examine data on over 500 EDIP clients from programs in Jacksonville and Port Richie Florida during the period from 2000 to 2002. In addition, we review recidivism rates for all clients that have participated in the EDIP program since 1995. Overall, clients who successfully complete the EDIP program show significantly lower recidivism rates than other juveniles arrested two or more times.

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