While not considered a community-based alternative, some youth are released outright without a supervised release program or services.
Specialty Courts Specialty courts are designed to handle youth on a special docket, such as those with substance abuse or mental health disorders, or both.
Examples include the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Model Programs Guide and Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development.
Because meta-analyses have found many non-“brand-name” practices to be effective, the Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP) was developed to help jurisdictions bring local practices into conformity with what research has shown to work.
For youth adjudicated or found delinquent, there are many community-based alternatives to incarceration in jail-like facilities.
These alternatives do not carry the dangers for youth that incarceration does and are generally much more cost-effective.
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It isolates them from their families and can cause their behavior to deteriorate rather than improve.Youth remain in the system, but are provided with community alternatives so they do not have to be confined prior to trial in a detention facility.Alternatives include supervised release with programs such as home detention, electronic monitoring, intensive supervision, and day and evening reporting centers, and local residential and treatment programs.One of the areas they have studied is juvenile justice.A number of organizations have identified “model” programs through a process of reviews of the research and made available catalogues of these programs.