Reintegrating High Risk Youth Into Educational Settings: A Proposed Model

Barbara Mendenhall, California State University - Sacramento
Troy Armstrong, California State University - Sacramento

The search continues for promising interventions that show positive effects with high risk, high need juvenile offenders who have experienced extended periods of incarceration, especially those chronic, exhibiting aggressive and violent patterns of misconduct. This broadly defined population of serious delinquents have repeatedly shown resistance to reintegration and normalization in their home communities. Reintegration is a daunting task regardless of whether successful linkage with family, workplace or school is the goal. Retention of youth in school settings once they have returned to their home communities from confinement has been particularly problematic. This paper will discuss both program development and evaluation findings from the recently completed OJJDP-funded Intensive Aftercare Program (IAP) demonstration project for high risk youth paroled by the states of Nevada, Colorado and Virginia, as well as for a population of youth returning to communities in California on probation supervision following confinement in county probation camps and ranches as part of the SB1095 Program. The authors will discuss some of the difficulties that have arisen in trying to mainstream these students and describe a promising model for school reentry and retention

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