To hold juvenile offenders accountable for their behavior, promote the safety and restoration of victims and communities, and assist offenders and their families in developing skills to prevent crime.
- Juvenile Probation Services
- Juvenile Detention Services
- Juvenile Treatment Services
|A: Result - RDU Result|
|A1: Core Service - Juvenile Probation Services|
Target #2: Determine cost per day for Probation Services based on average daily population
Cost per Day for Probation Services Based on Average Daily Population
|A2: Core Service - Juvenile Detention Services|
Target #1: Reduce the rate of recidivism for juvenile released from Division of Juvenile Justice detention
Rate of Recidivism for Juveniles Released from DJJ Detention
Analysis of results and challenges: In FY2014, 192 juveniles were released from secure detention facilities; of these, 115 (59.9%) returned for a subsequent admission to detention within two years. This recidivism rate is consistent with that seen for previous years.
Analysis: ďDetention recidivismĒ is a new measure for the Division of Juvenile Justice, developed to help examine the likelihood that a juvenile will return to secure detention once having been released. Instead of following up to determine whether youth had committed new offenses upon release from detention, the division determines whether they have been returned to secure detention. Lower rates of return to detention will indicate that the division has been successful in developing alternatives for these youth and in using its secure detention facilities more efficiently.
Note: Only youth 16 years of age or younger in the fiscal year under study are included in this analysis because older youth would have aged out of the juvenile system before the two-year follow-up period ended.
Target #2: Determine annual cost of services per occupied detention bed-day
Annual Cost of Services per Occupied Detention Bed-Day
|A3: Core Service - Juvenile Treatment Services|
Target #1: Reduce the rate of recidivism for juveniles released from Division of Juvenile Justice institutional treatment
Rate of Recidivism for Juveniles Releasted from DJJ Institutional Treatment
Analysis of results and challenges: This measure examines recidivism for youth who have been committed to and released from the divisionís four juvenile treatment facilities. These youth typically have the most intensive needs among juvenile offenders, and have been institutionalized because they demonstrated particularly violent behavior or failed to meet requirements of probation supervision or less-restrictive placements.
The definition for recidivism in this measure has been developed to align with an emerging national definition. This effort is being led by the national Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators and is intended to enable better state-by-state comparisons of recidivism rates and ultimately lead to improved strategies to reduce reoffending by juveniles. Data is not yet available from the council on how recidivism rates under the new definitions compare across states. Moreover, Alaska releases such a small number of juveniles from treatment facilities each year that is it difficult to be certain whether changes over time represent actual trends. Nevertheless, the data from Alaska do demonstrate that the division must continue to focus particular attention on effective strategies for Alaska Native youth. These youth are disproportionately represented both among the total number of institutionalized youth and those who reoffend following treatment. The division has launched several initiatives that are anticipated to result in improved outcomes in future years.
Note: For juveniles to be counted as recidivists in the data above, adjudication and conviction information on offenses that were committed 24 months after release from a treatment facility must have been entered in the divisionís Juvenile Offender Management Information System or the Alaska Public Safety Information Network by July 3, 2014. Non-criminal motor vehicle, Fish & Game, tobacco, and alcohol violations are not counted as re-offenses. Adjudications and convictions received outside Alaska also are excluded from this analysis.
Target #2: Determine the annual cost of services per occupied treatment bed-day
Annual Cost of Services per Occupied Treatment Bed-Day
Current as of October 29, 2014