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Repeat Offender Prevention Program (ROPP) Evaluation

In 1994, the Orange County Probation Department published a study revealing that between eight and ten percent of minors referred to that agency were responsible for more than half of the repeat offenses committed. The same group also utilized more than 50 percent of the available resources. The study concluded that crime may be reduced through early intervention work with high risk offenders and their families.

San Diego County was chosen to participate in a four-year pilot project based on the findings from this study. The main goal of the program was to develop and implement a cost-effective multi-agency, multi-disciplinary program that targeted youth with risk factors that could lead to delinquency and recidivism.

The program provided initial, sustained, and intermittent family preservation and support services to help promote a stable home environment for each family. Graduated levels of intervention services were introduced to promote pro-social behavior for all family members.

SANDAG's intensive evaluation effort of the Repeat Offender Prevention Program (ROPP) was funded by the State Board of Corrections (BOC) and involved both a process evaluation and impact assessment. To ensure that study outcomes were in fact associated with the program activities, a comparison group of juveniles was selected and tracked along with the experimental group.

Project Manager

Lisbeth Howard, Associate Criminal Justice Research Analyst
Phone: (619) 699-6910, Email:

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