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Measuring Subsequent Offending in Juvenile Probation

Published Jul 23, 2015, Teri Deal, Anne Rackow, Andrew Wachter, NCJJ Research Associates

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NCJJ has released a new StateScan publication that summarizes the results of a review of publicly available recidivism reports that include measures of recidivism for youth adjudicated to probation. This StateScan is the 6th in a series that distills important knowledge from NCJJ’s Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice & Statistics website ( 

The authors organize results from an online search for available state-level recidivism reports. Most reports located focused on juvenile correction populations, but 14 reports included measures of reoffending for youth under probation supervision.  This publication explores the different ways reoffending is measured for this population, including the various marker events and follow-up periods used. This original analysis also emphasizes the need to measure reoffending among probationers given that most court involved youth are supervised by probation departments.

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