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Probation Evaluation, Assessment, and Cost-Effectiveness Study

The San Diego County Probation Department operates several institutional facilities that provide for juvenile offender redirection through placement and treatment. As part of on-going efforts to improve service delivery, the San Diego County Public Safety Group and the Probation Department contracted with SANDAG to examine the effectiveness and efficiency of two local institutional facilities, Camp Barrett and the Juvenile Ranch Facility.

The SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division worked with Probation to conduct a program analysis of both facilities, measure recidivism, and provide a cost-benefit analysis of commitment and services delivered. Evaluation efforts included identifying the characteristics and level of need of the youth, assessing any gaps in services, measuring the level of recidivism during the two years following a youth’s commitment, gathering program staffs’ perception on the program’s effectiveness, and identifying promising practices that may enhance Probation services. Data were collected through surveys, case files, San Diego Risk and Resiliency check-ups, Juvenile Probation databases, the Automated Regional Justice Information System, and follow-up interviews with a random sample of youth who were committed to the facilities.

Project Manager

Darlanne Hoctor Mulmat, Senior Research Analyst
Phone: (619) 699-7326, Email:

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