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Effectiveness of the revocation process from the youth offender’s perspective

20 July 2012


A large percentage of youth offenders return to correctional facilities, resulting in rising prison costs. There is a need for an examination of prerelease programming and parole supervision and its effectiveness in terms of deterring youths from returning to delinquent behavior. In the present study, a small sample of revocated male youths (N = 26) were surveyed about their experiences going through the different transitions in Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) facilities. These youths had experienced at least one transition back into the community, parole, and the transition back into a correctional facility. The survey assessed the youths’ perspective of pre-release programming and parole supervision, as well as their suggestions about what else may have been helpful in their experiences. Overall, the youths reported that the treatment, training, supervision, and staff were at least somewhat helpful. Many youths suggested that more family services, drug and alcohol treatment, and individual counseling would have been helpful in avoiding violations that led to their parole being revoked. The results have implications regarding institutional changes that may increase the likelihood of such youths being successful in the community.


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