Governor's Youth Race and Detention Task Force; Full Force, May 2009

(2009) Governor's Youth Race and Detention Task Force; Full Force, May 2009. Human Rights, Department of

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Abstract

This report, the Full Report, is the culmination of the Task Force’s responsibilities as set out in Executive Order 5, dated October 30, 2007. The Executive Order specifies a number of goals and report requirements.There is a commonly held perception that the use of detention may serve as a deterrent to future delinquency. Data in this report reflect that approximately 40% of youth detained in 2006 were re-detained in 2006. Research conducted by national experts indicates that, particularly for low risk/low level offenders, that the use of detention is not neutral, and may increase the likelihood of recidivism. Comparable data for Iowa are not available (national data studied for this report provide level of risk, but risk level related to detention is not presently available for Iowa). The Task Force finds no evidence suggesting that recidivism levels (as related to detention risk) in Iowa should be different than found in other states. Data in this report also suggest that detention is one of the juvenile justice system’s more costly sanctions ($257 - $340 per day). Other sites and local jurisdictions have been able to redirect savings from the reduced use of juvenile detention to support less costly, community-based detention alternatives without compromising public safety.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: CJJP, community corrections, recidivism, drug courts, ICON, probation, substance abuse treatment, youth, Detention Task Force
Subjects: Health and medicine > Drugs and pharmacology
Law enforcement and courts
Law enforcement and courts > Corrections
Law enforcement and courts > Crime > Crime statistics
Law enforcement and courts > Juvenile justice and rehabilitation
ID Code: 14987
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 10 Sep 2013 18:39
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2013 18:39
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/14987