Reducing Recidivism Rates And Its Effects On Juvenile Offenders

787 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Youth services is costly and recidivism is high. Youth offenders too often become adult offenders. We need a program that reduces recidivism to prevent repeat offenders and to save money. Multisystemic Therapy has been shown to drastically reduce recidivism rates and yet it is still not used in every state. Numerous studies have proven that the MST approach has long-term results, reducing re-arrest rates up to 70 percent and reducing out-of-home placements up to 64 percent. MST breaks the cycle of criminal behavior by keeping youths at home, in school and out of trouble.(cite)
Many studies have shown that MST significantly reduces recidivism in juvenile offenders. Currently, MST has over 500 teams in 34 states, 15 countries and is treating more than 23,000 youths each year. I argue that this should be used everywhere as the first choice in juvenile court. Yearly __ is spent on youth services. The amount that is spent on repeat offenders is ___. The percent of recidivism with current practices is ___.
The goal of my research is to show how Multisystemic Therapy is the best option for juvenile offenders and our communities. If the United States is serious about reducing crime, then Multisystemic Therapy should be utilized in every state.
Teenage boys commit the highest percentage of crimes of all age groups. Antisocial behavior is most common in youths who commit crimes. Antisocial behavior tends to persist across generations. Conduct-disordered youths are overrepresented…

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