First Presenter's Institution

University of Georgia

Second Presenter's Institution

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Third Presenter's Institution

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Fourth Presenter's Institution

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Fifth Presenter's Institution

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Location

Ballroom E

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Strand #2

Family & Community

Relevance

The following is a literature review of transition programs to move adjudicated youth back into their home (“Home” strand) and school (“Head” strand) environments from residential placement. It evaluates the reduction in recidivism and success in the home, vocational, and educational endeavors of the participants included. The relation of the home strand is evident throughout the discussion of engagement and barriers to reentry with the discussion of familial and peer relationships in the community. Much of the literature also focuses on the return to school and the importance of academic success and vocational training to reduce the likelihood of recidivism.

Brief Program Description

This presentation is literature review of 25 studies evaluating the transitional process from correctional placement into the community by youth ages 10-22. The review emphasizes the connections between engagement, service dosage, academic and vocational training and recidivism, and barriers to reentry with a focus on implications for practitioners.

Summary

The presentation evaluates 25 investigative studies regarding the transition of adjudicated youth from a residential placement back into their communities and schools. Within the studies, the following interventions are examined: Positive Youth Development, School Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, person-centered planning, Nashua Youth Reentry, Transition Living Program, Transition Research on Adjudicated Youth in Community Settings Project. An examination of the data identifies significant barriers to reentry, the importance of individual planning, recommendations regarding dosage, the need for increased communication between school and juvenile justice placements, consistency between school and juvenile placements, and the importance of academics, vocational training, and engagement in reductions in recidivism. Furthermore, it illuminates the lack of needed services for those most likely to recidivate, youth involved with juvenile justice for the first time before age 14. Teaching replacement behaviors and the use of functional behavior assessment and behavior intervention plan services are also lacking in the transition back into the school environment. A discussion of practical implications and future directions are included.

Evidence

The systematic literature review includes only scholarly, peer-reviewed articles evaluating transition programs for adjudicated youth ages 14-22 that are investigative in nature. The presentation includes a review of the following programs: Transition Research on Adjudicated Youth in Community Settings (Bullis & Yovanoff, 2002), Pathways to Desistance (Chung, Schuebert, & Mulvey, 2007), Transition Living Program (Abrams, Shannon, & Sangalang, 2008), Project SUPPORT (Unruh, Gau, & Waintrup, 2009), Natural Bridge Program (Black, Bush, Crow, Hawes, Henry, & Hinkle, 1996), Positive Youth Development (Barton & Mackin, 2012), and School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (Jolivette, Swoszowski, Josephs, McDaniel, & Enni, 2012).

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Lacey Ray is a doctoral student at the University of Georgia with interests in applied behavior analysis, group contingencies, behavioral assessment, and transition from alternative placement to traditional school settings.

Keyword Descriptors

Adjudicated Youth, Transition, Students with Disabilities, PBIS, Person-Centered Planning

Presentation Year

2018

Start Date

3-5-2018 1:15 PM

End Date

3-5-2018 2:30 PM

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Mar 5th, 1:15 PM Mar 5th, 2:30 PM

The Effects of Transition Programs on the Return to the Community from Residential Juvenile Justice Placement

Ballroom E

This presentation is literature review of 25 studies evaluating the transitional process from correctional placement into the community by youth ages 10-22. The review emphasizes the connections between engagement, service dosage, academic and vocational training and recidivism, and barriers to reentry with a focus on implications for practitioners.