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The impact of diversion on recidivism rates in a rural Michigan County - A local perspective.

Description: This article investigates the merits of a county prosecutor-s drug and alcohol diversion program in a rural county in northern Michigan. This program has been in existence since 1996 as an alternative to formal intervention by the juvenile courts in Michigan. This program's objective is to provide an alternative to formal state intervention, which is cost efficient and still an effective means of dealing with the delinquent youth of that county. The actual program is a four-month long series which focuses on education, decision making, team building, and prevention as opposed to punishment and immersion in the system with hardened delinquents. This study explores the recidivism rates of the population that have been involved in the program. The result of this study indicates that the diversion process that is being utilized is successful.

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Vander Kooi, G. P. (2015). The impact of diversion on recidivism rates in a rural Michigan County - A local perspective. [Electronic Version]. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 11(1), 9-18.

Keywords: recidivism, juveniles, delinquency, juvenile courts, substance use

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