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The 8% Solution
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The 8% Solution
Preventing Serious, Repeat Juvenile Crime


December 1999 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The public perception is that juvenile crime is out-of- hand and that no one can do anything about it. Research, however, shows that a mere 8% of juvenile offenders arrested and sent to juvenile court commit more than half of all repeat juvenile crimes, including violence. And, something is being done about it! The surprising fact is that this "8%" can be picked out at the time of their first arrest. This book represents seven years of research on 6,400 young people having their first brush with the law in Orange County, California. It provides an exemplary state-supported model now used in six other California counties to curb the rise in the arrest of kids.

A practical, commonsense guide, this book focuses on long-term solutions to the problem of serious repeat juvenile crime and offers a proven pathway for improvement. The 8% Solution informs students, policy makers, criminal justice professionals, juvenile courts, probation departments, and parents of how to mount a successful response. Written in narrative style with a liberal use of anecdotal incidents, this is an easy-to-read description of the characteristics of kids who repeatedly get in trouble with the law and more cost-effective ways to correct the problem.


 
Introduction
 
PART ONE:THE 8% PROBLEM
 
The 8% Problem
Serious, Chronic Juvenile Offenders

 
 
Crime at an Early Age
"Lets Give `Em a Break"

 
 
Disrupted Families
The Continuing Family Crisis

 
 
School Failure
School's Out for Good...and That's Bad

 
 
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Getting "High" and Sinking Low

 
 
Gangs, Runaways and Thieves
Definately the Wrong Crowd

 
 
PART TWO: TOWARDS AN 8% SOLUTION
 
Laying the Groundwork
Devising an Intervention Strategy

 
 
From the Ivory Tower to the Street
Field Testing the Program Model

 
 
All's Well That Ends Well
The Field Test Results

 
 
A Case Study
A Lesson From the Real World

 
 
8% Solution - Orange County Style
True Collaboration and a One-Stop Shop

 
 
Overcoming Barriers
8% Lessons Learned

 
 
The Future of the 8% Solution
Building on a Sound Base

 

An easy to follow text well laid out and accessible to students of all levels

Ms Louise Cadwell
Dept. of Applied Social Studies, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
March 19, 2013

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