Juvenile Recidivism in San Mateo

What are the characteristics of youth who recidivate?  A study by ASR, in collaboration with the San Mateo County Probation Department and the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council showed that youth with a new substantiated law violation were more likely to:

  • ·         Commit that offense in the first 6 months after enrolling in a JJCPA-funded program     
  • ·         Have 2 or more prior felonies
  • ·         Have unexcused absences or be a habitual truant
  • ·         Have been victims of physical violence
  • ·         Have one or more instances of running away
  • ·         Have witnessed violence
  • ·         Are less likely to understand the consequences of their actions
  • ·         Are less likely to set goals or identify problem behavior    

ASR conducted a recidivism study of youth involved in programs funded by the Juvenile Probation and Camps Funding (JPCF) and the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA).  The primary goals of this ongoing study are to estimate the rate of re-entries and first entries into the juvenile justice system, the differences between these two groups of juvenile offenders, and insights into the predictors of recidivism. 

ASR is conducting further analyses of these data.  These include: 1) identifying groups of re-offending youth that share similar risk factors; 2) determining the percentage of youth whose subsequent crimes are less serious (harm reduction); and 3) exploring the connections between youths’ developmental asset profile and recidivism.  

Read more about this project here.

For more information please contact Jen Van Stelle, Project Manager at jen@appliedsurveyresearch.org

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