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Detention Diversion Advocacy: An Evaluation
(NCJ 171155) September 1999
Bulletin, 16 page(s)
Shelden, R. G.
 
Provides an overview of diversion programs and evaluation findings from the Detention Diversion Advocacy Project (DDAP), a disposition case advocacy program operating in San Francisco, CA, and sponsored by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ). The major goals of the DDAP program are to reduce the number of youth in court-ordered detention and provide youth with culturally relevant community-based services and with supervision. The findings show that if recidivism is used as the key measure of success, youth referred to DDAP were more successful than those not referred. These findings support the goals mentioned above and demonstrate that the program enabled DDAP youth to lead relatively normal lives, while reducing the likelihood of further contact with the juvenile justice system. This OJJDP Bulletin also offers several reasons for DDAP's success.
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