"Despite a growing body of research challenging traditional assumptions about youth who sexually offend, few jurisdictions have made a systematic effort to use this research to re-engineer the way in which they respond to these youth. One jurisdiction that has undertaken such a task is DuPage County, Illinois. With Models for Change support, the DuPage County juvenile court has taken steps to strengthen its responses to sexual offending by youth and, along the way, learned valuable lessons from which other jurisdictions can benefit" (p. 1). Sections cover: the research—youth are different, family and community contexts, low risks of reoffending, and small numbers of offenders; innovations—Estimate of Risk of Adolescent Sexual Offense Recidivism (ERASOR), specialized caseload, risk-based supervision and case management, individualized treatment expectations based on best practices, and qualified treatment providers; results and next steps; and impact—overall placement costs have dropped 89%.
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Using Evidence-Based Interventions with Youth Who Have Committed Sexual Offenses