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Repeat offending among juvenile offenders is typically defined by arrest data: those who are violators after having a 1st disposition in juvenile court are qualified as recidivists. A number of researchers have discovered factors associated with the prevention of recidivism. This paper examines if family contact and interaction can have a positive impact on a juvenile’s likelihood of recidivism. Findings suggest that elevating the frequency and quality of family visits and community engagement, among 1st-time juvenile offenders, has a positive effect on their recidivism rate. The purpose of this literature review is to assess the effectiveness of family-engagement programs in order to discover the methods, techniques, and policies that have shown promise, and offer hope for juveniles, in lowering recidivism.


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  • Subject
    • Criminal Justice

  • Institution
    • Dahlonega

  • Event location
    • MPR 2

  • Event date
    • 22 March 2019

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      John Stuart Batchelder