Source: (2007) Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia, Nov 14, 2007.

Moral Kombat is an ethics based restorative justice program run by the First Tennessee Human Resource Agency. Initially, the program focused on character education and ethical behavior training for older, troubled, at-risk youth. Moral Kombat has expanded to include training in parenting, emotion control, life skills, dealing with drug and alcohol abuse, and a program to combat theft, shoplifting, and bad check writing. It has also expanded to include adults as well as adolescents. Data were collected on approximately 450 youths who were in the Moral Kombat program from July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004. The paper presents results (new charges), including a comparison by gender and comparisons with similar juvenile programs. Implications for juvenile justice and for future research are presented. (author's abstract)

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