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Innovation Brief: Model for Effective Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices

Published Dec 12, 2013, Stephen Phillippi, PhD & Debra DePrato, MD, LSU School of Public Health, Institute for Public Health and Justice

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In current literature, there is a general agreement concerning what works and what does not work in reducing delinquent behavior with juvenile offenders in communities; however, this knowledge has had limited penetration into general public, political, and policymaking venues, as it is reported that less than 10% of juvenile offenders are afforded evidence-based community services. This Innovation Brief describes how Louisiana, through a combination of local, state, university, and national partnerships, adopted a model that has doubled the overall proportion of juvenile justice involved youth having access to evidence-based services while the state witnessed a simultaneous 46% drop in juvenile arrests between 2006 and 2010.

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