Juvenile Correctional Facility Recidivism: A Three State Comparison

Delores E. Craig-Moreland, Wichita State University
Glenda Martens, Wichita State University

This research compared Kansas, Iowa, and North Carolina rates of recidivism among reintegrating juvenile offenders from 1997 through 2002. Two of the three states studied have undergone juvenile justice reform during the study period. Graphics compare admission rates for the three states, including admission rates in key geographic areas. The number of admissions for each juvenile offender revealed some juveniles returned to juvenile correctional facilities as many as six times during the study period. The two states with juvenile justice reform in place showed reductions in recidivism following implementation of reform, including sentencing guidelines. The three states showed substantially different recieivism rates, and discussion suggested some possible explanations for the different rates.

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