Evaluation of the Deschutes County Community Youth Investment Program

Peter W. Greenwood, Greenwood & Associates, Inc.

ABSTRACT
The Deschutes County Community Youth Investment Program (CYIP) represents an innovative approach to developing and financing local, community-based programs for improving community safety. Under this arrangement the county is reimbursed by the state for every eligible juvenile that it elects to retain and treat locally. Some of the reimbursement funding is used to provide programs for the diverted youth. The remainder is invested in early intervention programs to reduce the number of juveniles coming into the juvenile justice system. This paper describes a cost-benefit analysis of the CYIP that kust deal with the problem that no outcome evaluations were available for any of the local prevention programs.

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