We pay careful attention to the research on recidivism reduction. Seven criminogenic factors contribute to an individual’s risk of recidivating, including anti-social friends and peers, low levels of achievement in school and/or work, and unstructured and anti-social leisure time. The NYC Justice Corps forges positive peer interactions between justice-involved young adults and their community and creates opportunities for them to succeed in academic and professional settings. Motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral interventions, and other evidence based and effective practices are incorporated into the model.
Using validated instruments for risk screening, needs and strengths assessment, and case planning, the NYC Justice Corps offers a model for identifying participant risk and promoting recidivism reduction by aligning program services with specific participant needs and nurturing participant strengths.
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