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Recommended Quality Control Standards: Washington State Research-Based Juvenile Offender Programs
December 2003
In 1997, the Washington State Legislature directed the Institute to evaluate research-based juvenile court programs. In 2002, the Institute's preliminary evaluation found that the programs cost-effectively reduced recidivism-but only when faithfully adhering to the original program design. Based on this finding, the 2003 Legislature directed the Institute to develop adherence and outcome standards to ensure quality implementation of juvenile justice research-based programs. In developing this report, the Institute worked with the juvenile courts, JRA, program developers, and the state's program experts.
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