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Evaluation of a Restorative Milieu: Replication and Extension for 2001-2003 Discharges

McCold, Paul
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) Restorative Practices e-Forum. January 25. Bethlehem, PA: International Institute of Restorative Practices. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Nashville, Tennessee, November 16–19. Downloaded 7 March 2005.

The Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy operate eight school-day treatment programs, 16 residential group homes, a home and community supervision program and an intensive drug-and-alcohol treatment supervision program in southeastern Pennsylvania for adjudicated delinquent and at-risk youths. All of these programs utilize what are broadly termed “restorative practices.” This researcher has coined the term “restorative milieu” because the culture
comprised of many formal and informal restorative techniques and processes, not just isolated formal restorative justice interventions. This paper reports on the replication and extension of a previous evaluation, with a second wave of 858 day treatment discharges during school years 2001-02 and 2002-03. The original finding of a significant reduction in reoffending for youths participating three months or more in a CSF Buxmont Academy restorative environment was replicated with a new cohort of youths and was still evident for the original cohort at two years
following discharge. (excerpt)


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