Comparing Intervention Programs for Juvenile Offenders: UK and USA Experiences

Nikki McKenzie, University of Portsmouth
Daniel C. Dahlgren, Kent State University, Stark Campus
Peter C. Kratcoski, Kent State University, Stark Campus

Diversion and other forms of juvenile intervention, may take a variety of forms in terms of policies and consequent interventions. These interventions can range fro a simple supervisory and/or warning function by authorities, to ones involving formal meetings between the offender, the victim, their respetive families and members of the community. In terms of comparative studies the understanding of such interventions are complicated by cultural factors, judicial practices, and corrective procedure. Upon considering the complexities of such a comparison, the present study explains and evaluates both process and outcome of juvenile intervention programs in Akron, Ohio (U.S.) and Portsmouth (U.K.). Particular attention is paid to the demographics of the offenders, types of offenses, primary referral procedure, intervention activities, and predictors of recidivism.

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