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Effective Prevention and Rehabilitation Programs
Effective prevention and rehabilitation programs

I begin this chapter with a discussion of four key myths about juvenile justice programs. The discussion of these myths also highlights research on juvenile justice programs. I then provide examples of effective programs for juvenile offenders, followed by a review of important research on the costs and benefits of juvenile justice programs. The chapter concludes with a brief illustration of how communities can use the growing knowledge base concerning the most effective ways to improve juvenile justice system programs.

Myths versus Research Evidence

Four key myths dominate public opinion about juvenile justice programs. The first one—that nothing works—has been predominant for more than three decades, as we saw in Chapter 8.1 address this myth in this section, ...

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