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Master of Arts (MA)


Criminal Justice


There are two main purposes of this research: 1) to provide the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) with an updated picture of recidivism and 2) to determine how YASI risk/needs/protective domains and risk scores relate to post-release recidivism. To date, the research that is available regarding youth recidivism is fraught with methodological concerns (i.e., inconsistency in measurement). Moreover, there have been no systematic analyses of the YASI in Illinois since its implementation within the IDJJ. Thus, the present research will attempt to fill in the gaps by assessing rates of juvenile recidivism, the degree to which needs identified by the YASI and risk scores are addressed in aftercare supervision, and the relationship between YASI risk and protective scores and recidivism. The cohort examined for the proposed research will include all juveniles released from an Illinois Youth Center (IYC) during state fiscal year 2016 (N=1,000). By integrating data on YASI and youth characteristics with criminal history data, multivariate techniques can be used to determine the relationship between YASI scores, covariates (i.e., race, gender, length of supervision) and recidivism (re-arrests, re-convictions, re-incarceration). The current study will analyze recidivism with a follow-up period of at least 15 months and up to 27 months.

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