Evaluation and Analysis of the StateWide Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment Program
The Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) has been taking focused, effective steps to reduce the recidivism rate for juvenile sex offenders, reduce the number of juvenile offenders in secure care at a cost benefit to the public, and better screen and assess juvenile sex offender risk and psychosocial needs. The linked Research Paper below is from the Journal of Prison Education and Reentry and was published in December of 2015. The paper details the implementation, outcomes, and independent evaluation of the OJJ Statewide Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment program.
The Sex Offender Treatment program was established with five goals: reduce the number of low and moderate at risk sex offenders in OJJ secure care facilities by developing six community based residential and re-entry programming clinics across the state; increase residential alternatives to secure care for juveniles who require out of home placement; reduce the average length of stay for juvenile sex offenders placed in OJJ’s secure care intensive track program; promote statewide institutional and community practitioner adherence to evidence-based practice models; and focus on the four phases of reentry with increased communication and coordination across treatment providers, probation/parole officers, district attorneys, judges, and schools.
OJJ established a coordinated, comprehensive statewide system to address the needs of juvenile sex offenders in secure care, community-based residential treatment facilities, and community-based outpatient treatment clinics. OJJ also standardized initial and ongoing assessment and treatment, with an emphasis on reentry and increasing safety within Louisiana’s juvenile corrections facilities, residential programs, neighborhoods, and communities.
The Statewide Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment program from 2008-2012 has had a strong impact, with a recidivism rate for sex offenders in the program of 1.6% (compared to a standard recidivism rate for sexual and non-sexual crimes of 4.1%), a 27.5% reduction in the number of juvenile sex offenders in state custody, and a 42.3% reduction in the number of juvenile sex offenders in secure care.
The Program Evaluation found that Statewide Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment program effectively produced the cost benefit of fewer juveniles in secure care and addressed the needs of juvenile sex offenders while keeping the public safe.