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Youth Arrest Trends in the District of Columbia (2007-2011) (DCPI - Policy and Practice - Descriptive Report)
DC Lawyers for Youth

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) statistics show that youth arrests are at a five-year low after having declined 15 percent since a recent peak in 2009. MPD statistics also demonstrate that youth arrests in 2011 accounted for the lowest proportion of overall arrests than any other point in the last five years, that youth arrests over a variety of offense categories have declined substantially over the last five years, and that youth arrests for homicide in the District are at an all-time low since 2007.

Published by: DC Lawyers for Youth, 2012.
Publication Year: 2012 Availability: HTML

Social Networks and the Behaviors of Youth in the District of Columbia: An Interim Research Report (DCPI Research Link)
Meagan Cahill, Samantha S. Lowry, Caterina Roman

The D.C. Crime Policy Institute, in partnership with Temple University, is conducting a study on the behavior and social networks of youths ages 14 to 21 in Washington, D.C. The study measures both positive activities (e.g., sports, after-school programs) and delinquent behaviors (e.g., theft, violence) and uses data on social networks to understand how relationships influence behavior and, in turn, to provide insight on how to best prevent youth involvement in delinquent or violent activity. Our preliminary analysis, outlined in this report, finds that nonpeer relationships (teachers, mentors, extended family members) may be just as important as peer relationships when examining delinquency and violence.

Published by: Cahill, M., Lowry, S.S., Roman, C.G. 2012. Social Networks and the Behaviors of Youth in the District of Columbia: An Interim Research Report. Urban Institute: Washington, DC.
Publication Year: 2012 Availability: HTML

Implementation Evaluation of the District of Columbia Put Families First Program: Final Report (Research Report)
Joshua Markman,Akiva Liberman,Jocelyn Fontaine

The goal of this evaluation was to understand the planning, implementation, and execution of the Put Families First program as it is administered by Functional Family Therapy (FFT) in the District of Columbia (D.C.). The primary question is whether FFT has been implemented with high fidelity and quality, and whether there are local factors or circumstances that either facilitate or interfere with its reliable implementation. The current implementation evaluation shows promise for the effective implementation of FFT for youth at risk of out-of-home placement in D.C. For those who do complete the program, implementation is generally close to program benchmarks and showing improvement.

Published by: The Urban Institute
Publication Year: 2011 Availability: PDF

2010 Annual Report: Improving Justice for the Washington, DC Community (DCPI Research Link)
Council for Court Excellence

2010 Annual Report

Published by: Council for Court Excellence
Publication Year: 2011 Availability: HTML

Is the Juice Worth The Squeeze: A Benefit/Cost Analysis of the District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCPI Research Link)
Patrick Wolf, Michael McShane

School voucher programs are sweeping the United States. In the past three months alone, eight private school choice programs have been either created or dramatically expanded, bringing the total number of state and local voucher programs to 24 and counting. The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program is the only federally-funded voucher program in the U.S. Since 2004 it has offered publicly-funded private school vouchers to nearly 4,000 students to attend any of 73 different private schools in Washington, D.C. An official experimental evaluation of the program, sponsored by the federal government's Institute of Education Sciences (Wolf et al 2010), found that the treatment-group students who were awarded Opportunity Scholarships graduated high school at a rate 12 percentage points higher than the students in the randomized control group. The impact of actually using a scholarship to attend a private school was to increase a student's likelihood of graduating by 21 percentage points. This paper estimates the benefit/cost ratio of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, primarily by considering the increased graduation rate and the estimated positive economic returns to increased education.

Published by: Institut d'Economia de Barcelona
Publication Year: 2011 Availability: HTML

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