Date of Award

12-2017

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Dr. Whitney Decamp

Second Advisor

Dr. Zoann Snyder

Third Advisor

Dr. Tim Ready

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

This present study looked at a Mid-West American Juvenile Justice institution with the hope of helping to build a baseline of understanding in terms of how their diversion programming efforts are shaping out. Historically, research and funding have not been directed into diversion efforts in the same ways that re-entry efforts have seen. Studies have shown that if diversion efforts are not effective, then another cohort of youth are consigned to 50% higher recidivism rates than otherwise. The research before you was conducted to assist this institution in understanding and then changing their course of action with regards to diversion strategies. The research included 401 first time offenders who received some sort of diversion requirements from 2013. Their data was collected until 2016 giving a three year period of recidivism which is noted to be a standard among researchers in this field. The data points collected were analyzed by using logistic regressions. The results showed rates of recidivism of 54%, but when compared to the rest of the analysis, the recidivism rates are understood differently and certain successes/shortfalls are awarded throughout.

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