Mentoring Program for Juvenile Offenders Essay

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MENTORING PROGRAM FOR JUVENILE OFFENDERS STUDY A Seminar Paper Presented to The Graduate Faculty University of Wisconsin-Platteville In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree Master of Science In Education By David M. Sanchez 2008 Abstract The problem presented in this paper was to identify whether mentoring programs in the Juvenile Justice System at the National, State, and local levels reduce recidivism. Another objective was to examine specifically whether Juvenile Offenders in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, who complete the Clean Break Mentoring Program, have lower recidivism rates than Juvenile Offenders that do not participate in the program. A review of literature on the history of mentoring programs in the United States was conducted. A second review of literature was conducted relating to research and studies on the efficacy of mentoring programs compiled by the U.S. Department of Justice, the University of Wisconsin and Outagamie County, WI. Through a review of the literature it was apparent that mentoring programs have proven to be a well tested and effective strategy for the prevention of juvenile delinquency. The anecdotal evidence available relating specifically to the Outagamie, WI Clean Break Mentoring Program shows an effective and promising impact on the problem of juvenile delinquency within the community. However, a scientific research study is needed to confirm its efficacy. iii TABLE OF CONTENTS Approval Page……………………………………………….......................i Title Page………………………………………………….........................ii Abstract……………………………………………………...................…iii Table of Contents………………………………………………............…iv CHAPTER Page I. INTRODUCTION ..……………………….....….............1 Statement of the Problem Purpose of the Research Delimitation of the Research Method of Approach II. REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE

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