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Highlights From Pathways to Desistance: A Longitudinal Study of Serious Adolescent Offenders
(NCJ 230971) March 2011
OJJDP Pathways to Desistance, Fact Sheet, 4 page(s)
Mulvey, E.P.
This fact sheet presents an overview of some major findings from the Pathways to Desistance Study, a project that followed 1,354 serious adolescent offenders for 7 years following their convictions. The primary findings of the study to date deal with the decrease in self-reported offending over time by most serious adolescent offenders, the relative inefficacy of longer juvenile incarcerations in decreasing recidivism, the effectiveness of community-based supervision as a component of aftercare for incarcerated youth, and the effectiveness of substance abuse treatment in reducing both substance use and offending by serious adolescent offenders.