The Operation New Hope program in San Bernadino and Riverside Counties, California, is an aftercare treatment program for youthful offenders released from the California Youth Authority. The reintegration approach is based on six principles of programmatic action that address risk and protective factors for delinquency and gang involvement:
The treatment regimen consists of 13 counseling modules, each of which represents a three-hour program of lecture and group discussion. Participants are exposed to a series of lifestyle choices designed to restore self-control of their lives and initiate a positive decision-making process geared toward success.
An outcome study showed considerable program success. Individuals assigned to the control group were about twice as likely as experimental group members to have been arrested and to have abused drugs and/or alcohol frequently since release. In addition, only 8 percent of the Operation New Hope youths associated frequently with former gang associates, versus 27 percent of the control group members.
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Mr. Greg Baugh
Supervising Parole Agent
Division of Juvenile Justice
5700 Division Street, Suite 200
Riverside, CA 92506
Dale K. Sechrest, Ph.D.
Department of Criminal Justice
California State University—San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407-2397
Phone: (909) 537-5506
Josi, D., and Sechrest, D. K. (1999). “A Pragmatic Approach to Parole Aftercare: Evaluation of a Community Reintegration Program for High-Risk Youthful Offenders.” Justice Quarterly, 16:51–80.