Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Hillary Potter

Second Advisor

Ryan Masters

Third Advisor

Amy Wilkins

Fourth Advisor

Tim Wadsworth

Fifth Advisor

Derek Briggs

Abstract

Determining what works in the prevention of juvenile offending and the reduction of juvenile recidivism has been the focus of a substantial amount of research within the past years. This dissertation is situated within contemporary research by attempting to compliment the scant literature regarding service provision to juvenile justice involved youth and the substantial body of literature regarding juvenile recidivism reduction, while evaluating the services provided to youth by Colorado’s Senate Bill 94. This dissertation is a secondary data analysis of Coloradan juvenile offenders, aged 10 to 20, who were admitted for a detention screening during the fiscal years 2006/2007 through 2011/2012. The population of juvenile offenders was separated into two groups: low risk youth offenders and high risk youth offenders. The aim of this study was twofold. First, this study examined to what extent the individual level predictors, jurisdictional predictors, and previous service predictor impacted service likelihood for low and high risk youth. Next, this dissertation examined the effect of receiving services on low and high risk youths’ likelihood of readmission to detention. This study revealed that gender and race affected a youth’s likelihood of receiving services for low and high risk offenders. It also determined that the services funded by Colorado’s Senate Bill 94 reduced the risk of detention for low and high risk offenders. Lastly, based on the findings policy recommendations are presented.

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