The challenges of turning developmental theory into meaningful policy and practice

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Title The challenges of turning developmental theory into meaningful policy and practice
Author Denning, Rebecca Jean; Homel, Ross
Book Title Pathways and Crime Prevention: Theory, Policy and Practice
Editor Alan France & Ross Homel
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Cullompton, Devon, UK
Publisher Willan Publishers
Abstract The Youth Justice Service began in 1999 in Queensland. It embodied a new vision for the supervision, rehabilitation and reintegration of young offenders serving community-based orders. Evidence suggests that the Youth Justice Service failed to change significantly the pathways of young offenders. A random sample of 190 clients drawn from the Youth Justice Service and Area Offices that used traditional approaches was analysed to determine the effect of the new service delivery model on recidivism. Llogistic regression models showed that whether clients attended a Youth Justice Service or Area Office was not a predictor of recidivism. This chapter contextualises this failure. More generally, the chapter is about the challenge of translating developmental crime prevention theory into policy and practice, particularly within a government service delivery infrastructure. It highlights a number of fundamental operational factors that can undermine the success of a developmental intervention.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 Willan Publishing. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the book link for access to the definitive, published version.
Chapter Number 14
Page from 298
Page to 318
ISBN 9781843922025
Date Accessioned 2008-03-06
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject Criminology
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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