The School's Charlotte Bright, Jill Farrell, Andrew Winters, Sara Betsinger and Bethany Lee are co-authors of "Family Centered Treatment, Juvenile Justice, and the Grand Challenge of Smart Decarceration" which has been published by Research on Social Work Practice.
Responding to social work’s grand challenge of smart decarceration, this study investigated whether Family Centered Treatment (FCT), a home-based service for juvenile court-involved youth, is more effective than group care (GC) in reducing recidivism. Outcomes are juvenile readjudication and commitment to placement, and adult conviction and sentence of incarceration.
Data were drawn from service provider and state administrative databases. Propensity score matching was used to create a sample of 1,246 FCT youth and 693 GC youth. Cox proportional hazard models estimated time to the four outcomes.
FCT participants had a significantly lower risk of adult conviction and adult incarceration relative to youth who received GC. The findings for juvenile outcomes were nonsignificant.
Bright, C. L., Farrell, J., Winters, A. M., Betsinger, S., & Lee, B. R.(2017). Family Centered Treatment, Juvenile Justice, and the GrandChallenge of Smart Decarceration.Research on Social Work Practice, doi: 10.1177/1049731517730127