Marginalized Youth and Repeat Offending in Haliburton County

Title

Marginalized Youth and Repeat Offending in Haliburton County

Author

Sarah Herron

Host Organization

Haliburton Human Service and Justice Committee

Date

2012

Location of Document

TP-657

Subject

The purpose of the current study is to analyze the alternative treatment options, as

opposed to traditional sentences, in Haliburton County available for youth with mental

health conditions in the criminal justice system. I will determine whether or not the

current programs are effective in reducing repeat offending or if improvements need to

be made by comparing the programs to ones in the literature. I analyzed interviews with

mental health and justice service agency members and compared the data to

alternative treatment programs located in the literature and testimonials from people

with mental health conditions. I found that the programs in Haliburton are most

successful (positively impact youth) in assisting youth when a positive relationship is

established before starting counselling and individualized treatment plans are created

for each youth, but there was insufficient evidence to determine if the programs did or

did not result in a reduction in repeat offending. Many areas presenting issues included

the lack of transportation and specialized services in rural areas, lack of educated

police, and inaccessible services. I have determined that the programs in Haliburton

County are effective for assisting youth with mental health conditions in the justice

system, but could be improved upon if the above issues are addressed.

Files

Reference

Sarah Herron, Marginalized Youth and Repeat Offending in Haliburton County, 2012