Preventing Juvenile Delinquents from Graduating from Department of Juvenile Justice into Adult Prisons

The goal of this study is to find techniques to keep young offenders from recidivating and ending up in adult jails. The South Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will host the research to examine the strategies put in place to reduce recidivism and their efficacy. This will assist in identifying the causes of juvenile recidivism and developing programs that are appropriate for addressing the issue (Kalist, Lee, & Spurr, 2015). The study will concentrate on kids aged 11 to 16 who are held in Georgia's regional youth detention facilities. It will also investigate what role the court system in Georgia plays in the issue of juvenile recidivism.

The revised problem statement is how the South Georgia Department of Justice prevents juvenile recidivism. What role the court system plays in preventing or dealing with juvenile recidivism. Results of this study will bridge the gap by providing factors that lead to juvenile recidivism, those which the juvenile rehabilitation programs deal with. It will also highlight how the court system can play a role in preventing juvenile recidivism.

How Literature Review was used

I searched for literature on juvenile recidivism and how the courts contribute to this problem. From the literature, I discovered that most researches focused on the reasons behind juvenile incarceration and recidivism. Among the key factors include the family, socioeconomic factors, education status and the support system (Beaudry-Cyr et al., 2017) . My literature review heled to narrow the topic to a particular justice system (South Georgia). This will serve the purpose of showing how recidivism prevention programs work as well as how the court system has influenced the fight against juvenile incarceration and recidivism, issues that form the research question.

Dissertation Research in Public Policy Administration

The main reason why this study is placed within a particular juvenile justice system (South Georgia) is to find out how much federal and state governments have come up with policies to deal with juvenile recidivism. From the case study of the South Georgia JJJ will recommend policy implementation that will not only benefit South Georgia but also can be used in other juvenile rehabilitation programs.


Beaudry-Cyr, M., Jennings, W. G., Zgoba, K. M., & Tewksbury, R. (2017). Examining the Continuity of Juvenile Sex Offending Into Adulthood and Subsequent Patterns of Sex and General Recidivism. International Journal of Offender Therapy & Comparative Criminology, 61(3), 251-268.

Kalist, D. E., Lee, D. Y., & Spurr, S. J. (2015). Predicting Recidivism of Juvenile Offenders. B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis& Policy, 15(1), 329-351. doi:10.1515/bejeap-2013-0188

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