Source: (1984) Youth and Society 15(3):305-324.

This paper reports on experimental design was used to test the effectiveness of diversion services. The Adams County Juvenile Diversion Project (ACJD) (Colorado) avoided widening the social control net for juveniles, reduced court and probation caseloads, and reduced recidivism. Services provided by ACJD were oriented toward helping juveniles and their families solve specific problems or meet specific needs through a variety of treatment and referral programs. Factors contributing to the realization of these efforts are discussed.