Police-initiated diversion for youth to prevent future delinquent behavior

Police-initiated diversion for youth to prevent future delinquent behavior

Campbell Collaboration

The general pattern of evidence is positive, suggesting that police-led diversion reduces the future delinquent behavior of low-risk youth relative to traditional processing. Assuming a 50 percent reoffending rate for the traditional processing condition, the results suggest a reoffending rate of roughly 44 percent for the diverted youth. This overall benefit of diversion holds for the random assignment studies judged to be free from any obvious risks of bias. No meaningful differences were found across types of diversionary programs. Furthermore, we found no evidence to suggest these findings suffer from publication selection bias.

Source: Wilson, D B, Brennan, I, Olaghere, A. Police-initiated diversion for youth to prevent future delinquent behavior: A systematic review. Campbell Systematic Reviews 2018:5 Read more here.

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