Juvenile Reentry and Aftercare Interventions: Is Mentoring a Promising Direction?
Laura S. Abrams, Matthew L. Mizel, Viet Nguyen & Aron Shlonsky
Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work
Volume 11, Issue 4, 2014
This study uses systematic review methods to investigate the use of mentoring programs to assist young people in successfully transitioning back into their communities following a juvenile correctional placement. Few studies were found that used comparison or control groups and measured recidivism outcomes. The results of the studies were mixed, with one study finding no differences between groups, and the other two studies finding some recidivism reductions among youth who received the intervention. However, the absence of detailed information on the interventions, weak research designs, and the diversity of the mentoring programs contributed to an overall dearth of knowledge about the effectiveness of these interventions in reducing recidivism.