An important measure of the success of the division is the ability of our youth to remain crime free after their release. This measure examines recidivism only for youth who have been committed to and released from one of the division’s four juvenile treatment facilities. These youth typically have the most intensive needs and are the state’s more chronic and serious juvenile offenders, compared with youth who receive only probation supervision. Recidivism rates for probation and institutional populations are considered separately because of the distinctively different levels of risk and need presented, and the different types of interventions and programming received.
We are proud to say that we were able this year to have the data collected and analyzed in the director’s office, using the statewide Juvenile Offender Management Information System (JOMIS) instead of being submitted by individual facility.
Fiscal year 2007 was the second year that recidivism was defined as a re-offense that occurred within 12 months from the time offenders were released from formal probation. The change to a 12-month window was made to better align Alaska with other states’ definitions of recidivism.