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Strategic Goal By 2015, the rate of juvenile recidivism will be at or less than 15%.

Why this is Important:

Juvenile crime remains a serious problem in the Maricopa County. The direct costs of juvenile recidivism are the psychological and monetary costs to victims, including increased costs to the taxpayers for the juvenile justice system. Reducing the involvement of juveniles with the criminal justice system is a major objective for Maricopa County. This goal is aimed at decreasing the number of juveniles who commit repeat offenses and come into contact with the justice system.

How Maricopa County government influences this goal:

Maricopa County is dedicated to reducing the impacts of youth involvement with the criminal justice system. The Juvenile Probation Department offers several programs intended to reduce re-offenses. Success in reducing misdemeanor and felony offenses diverts youth from more severe adult criminal behaviors. Maricopa County government influences the juvenile recidivism rate through a variety of programs and activities designed to provide effective interventions for juveniles who have been involved in the justice system. The County’s key departments working toward reducing the juvenile recidivism include the Juvenile Probation Department, Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA), Human Services Department Community Justice Division, County Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Public Advocate, and the County Manager’s Justice System Planning and Information Division.

How progress is measured:

The percent of juveniles with referrals within one year of the first referral in the previous fiscal year

Where we are:

Current indicator value (FY2011): 15.4%

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