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Innovation Brief: Using Evidence-Based Intervention with Youth Who Have Committed Sexual Offenses

Published Dec 8, 2014, Illinois Models for Change Invitative

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Despite a growing body of research challenging traditional assumptions about youth who sexually offend, few jurisdictions have made a systematic effort to use this research to re-engineer the way in which they respond to these youth. One jurisdiction that has undertaken such a task is DuPage County, Illinois. With Models for Change support, the DuPage County juvenile court has taken steps to strengthen its responses to sexual offending by youth and, along the way, learned valuable lessons from which other jurisdictions can benefit.

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