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Wraparound Process for Children with Serious Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Practice Summary: This practice is a team-based, collaborative process for developing and implementing individualized care plans for youth with serious emotional and behavioral disorders and their families. The practice is rated Promising for improving mental health outcomes, but rated No Effects for measures related to youths’ living situations, school functioning, and recidivism outcomes.
Peraj Mentoring Program (Mexico)
Program Summary: This is a mentoring program for fifth- and sixth-grade public school students who are at increased risk for underachievement and antisocial behaviors. The program’s goals are to strengthen a students’ self-esteem, social skills, motivation, and study skills using college student mentors. This program was rated as Promising. Students who participated in the program had a statistically significantly lower risk of dropping out of school, compared with students in the comparison group.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Based Anger Management for Adult Male Offenders
Practice Summary: The practice includes interventions that aim to increase adult male offenders’ abilities to control their dysfunctional anger with the overall goal of reducing recidivism, especially violent recidivism. The practice is rated Promising for general reoffending and violent reoffending. Individuals who participated in the interventions had a reduced risk for reconviction for both general offending and violent offending.
Sexual Assault Education Programs on College Campuses
Practice Summary: This practice comprises programs that are designed to reduce the prevalence of sexual assaults on college campuses by reducing the rape-supportive ideology for potential perpetrators while increasing potential victims’ knowledge and awareness of risky situations, and thereby their safety. The practice is rated Effective for reducing rape attitudes (such as acceptance of rape myths and victim blaming) and rape-related attitudes (such as sex-role stereotyping and adversarial sexual beliefs).
Operation Thumbs Down (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Program Summary: An FBI-led, anti-gang strategy in Los Angeles, California, designed to reduce neighborhood-level violent crime through the identification, disruption, and dismantling of violent street gangs. This program is rated Effective. Results indicated a statistically significant 22 percent reduction per month in violent crime between the treatment areas and the comparison areas.
Effect of Hot Spots Policing Strategies on Citizen-Officer Interactions (St. Louis, Missouri)
Program Summary: This hot spots policing intervention used two strategies, problem solving or directed patrol, independent of one another, to improve citizen satisfaction with police and police legitimacy. The program is rated No Effects. Overall, there were mixed effects of the two policing strategies. The preponderance of evidence suggests that both hot spots policing strategies had little to no impact on measures of citizen satisfaction with police.
Computerized Brief Interventions for Youth Alcohol Use
Practice Summary: A computerized brief intervention is any preventive or therapeutic activity delivered through electronic devices with a maximum total time of one hour. The interventions are designed to help youth think differently about their alcohol use and provide them with skills to reduce or eliminate alcohol use. The practice is rated Effective for reducing short-term alcohol use.
Bystander Education Programs for Sexual Assault Prevention on College Campuses
Practice Summary: This practice comprises programs that are designed to decrease the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses by educating would-be bystanders (i.e., witnesses) about the occurrence of sexual assault, as well as promoting prosocial attitudes and the willingness to intervene in risky situations. The practice is rated Promising for reducing rape-supportive attitudes, increasing bystander efficacy, increasing bystander intent to help, and increasing bystander helping behavior.
Contingency Management Interventions for Substance Use Disorders
Practice Summary: This is an intervention strategy designed to reduce substance use disorders by rewarding positive behavior (e.g., negative drug tests) and withholding rewards when undesired behavior is exhibited (e.g., positive drug screens). The overall goal is abstinence from substance use. The practice is rated Effective for reducing alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use.
Prison Visitation for Incarcerated Adults
Practice Summary: Prison visitation allows incarcerated individuals the opportunity to meet with family and friends to sustain connections and social supports. One of the main goals of prison visitation is to reduce recidivism of individuals once they are released from incarceration. The practice is rated Promising for reducing recidivism of individuals who receive visits while incarcerated.
It’s important to celebrate milestones, and CrimeSolutions.gov has hit a big one — 500 rated programs. That’s 500 opportunities for the criminal and juvenile justice and victim service practitioners and policymakers we serve to learn about what works, what doesn’t, and what’s promising.
Evidence-based programming is essential to an effective juvenile justice system — and to keeping youth on the path to productive, crime-free lives. We are excited to announce a new milestone for OJJDP's Model Programs Guide — the release of its 300th program!
Dr. Gerstenblith also addresses the lack of strong evaluations of school safety programs that schools are implementing and invested in; and the opportunity that presents for the research community.
Visit the School Safety Topic Page for related programs and practices.
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