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A primary goal of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is to identify and promote programs that enhance the field of juvenile justice. Since 1992, the Gould-Wysinger Awards, commemorating two OJJDP professionals, have recognized programs that advance the objectives of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 and promote a standard of excellence for program development and implementation. Programs may be nominated in the categories of delinquency prevention, intervention, and system improvement. In 1995, three programs, all in the intervention category, were named Gould-Wysinger winners. All three target urban youth. The Utah Community Service and Restitutions Program, Salt Lake City, shows that juveniles who take responsibility for their actions by paying retribution, performing community service, or both, are less likely to re-offend than are juveniles without sanctions. The Arlington County Juvenile Sex Offender Program, Arlington (Virginia) is a comprehensive treatment approach for the adolescent offender, the offender's family, and significant systems within the community. A recent evaluation of this program, in which trained staff work closely to prevent the escalation of offender behavior, indicates that 91% of juveniles who attend do not reoffend. The BRIDGE (Atlanta, Georgia) is an intermediate-level residential psychiatric treatment program for youth with a history of physical and sexual abuse in a depressed Atlanta neighborhood. Youth are placed in the BRIDGE, which provides comprehensive treatments for youth involved with or at risk of substance abuse, gangs, physical and sexual abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV infection, as an alternative to incarceration. The BRIDGE also offers a comprehensive alternative school and an extensive aftercare program. (SLD)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Abuse, Delinquency, Identification, Intervention, Juvenile Justice, Prevention, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Psychiatric Services, Sexual Abuse, Urban Problems, Urban Youth, Youth Programs

Autor: Goodnow, Michael


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