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Evidence on the Effectiveness of Juvenile Court Sanctions

Title: Evidence on the Effectiveness of Juvenile Court Sanctions.
Name(s): Mears, Daniel P., author
Cochran, Joshua C., author
Greenman, Sarah J., author
Bhati, Avinash S., author
Greenwald, Mark A., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2011-11-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Purpose The past decade has been witness to a proliferation of calls for evidence-based juvenile court sanctions—including various programs, interventions, services, and strategies or approaches—that reduce recidivism and improve mental health, drug dependency, and education outcomes. At the same time, an emerging body of work has identified “proven,” “evidence-based,” “best practice,” or, more generally, “effective” efforts to achieve these outcomes. Even so, grounds for concern exist regarding the evidence-base for these and other sanctions. Methods This paper describes the heterogeneity of sanctioning within juvenile justice and argues that, despite substantial advances in research, the heterogeneity severely delimits the generalizability of evaluations to date. It also raises questions about how much is in fact known about the effectiveness of many juvenile justice sanctions. Conclusion Extant research offers grounds for optimism. Even so, explicit articulation of the limitations of this research and the need for studies that examine external validity is important for developing evidence about “what works” in juvenile justice. Implications for research and policy are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1461945642 (IID), 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2011.09.006 (DOI)
Publication Note: The author's accepted manuscript of this article is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND: The publisher's version can be found at
Preferred Citation: Mears, Daniel P., Joshua C. Cochran, Sarah J. Greenman, Avinash S. Bhati, and Mark A. Greenwald. 2011. “Evidence on the Effectiveness of Juvenile Court Sanctions.” Journal of Criminal Justice 39(6):509-520.
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Criminal Justice.
Issue: iss. 6, vol. 39

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Mears, D. P., Cochran, J. C., Greenman, S. J., Bhati, A. S., & Greenwald, M. A. (2011). Evidence on the Effectiveness of Juvenile Court Sanctions. Journal Of Criminal Justice. Retrieved from