Juvenile Detention Alternatives, Arrests, and Disciplinary Outcomes

Awarded Scholars:
Alberto Ortega, Indiana University, Bloomington
Project Date:
Mar 2023
Award Amount:

On any given day, over 48,000 youth are confined in facilities away from home due to juvenile justice or criminal justice involvement and even a short time in detention can influence a child’s well-being. Recent work has found that diversion programs can reduce recidivism, but few studies have focused on justice system-involved youth. Economist Alberto Ortega will examine the effect of the Anne Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative on arrests and disciplinary outcomes. He will analyze data from the Uniform Crime Report Data Series and administrative student records for his study.


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