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Investigating probation strategies with juvenile offenders: The influence of officers’ attitudes and youth characteristics.

Schwalbe, Craig S.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2008) Law and Human Behaviour. 33(5):357-367.

Probation officers are the focal point for most
interventions with delinquent youths in the juvenile justice
system. The present study examines probation strategies
and interventions in a sample of 308 probation officers who
completed the Probation Practices Assessment Survey
(PPAS) in a web-based survey. The PPAS measures six
probation approaches: deterrence, restorative justice,
treatment, confrontation, counseling, and behavioral tactics.
Structural equation models and latent class analyses
showed that probation officers use multiple approaches
with delinquent youths consistent with the balanced and
restorative justice movement. Younger youths, high-risk
youths, and youths with prior social service involvements
are likely to receive more intensive interventions. The
implications of these findings for improving probation
practices with delinquent youth are discussed. (author’s abstract)


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