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Juvenile corrections, Performance--Measurement


Criminology and Criminal Justice


As part of the ‘accountability movement’ in juvenile justice, policy-makers, funding agencies, and the general public have called for greater accountability from agencies and organizations involved with youthful offenders. Within this context, performance measurement and monitoring, and use of evidence-based programs and practices, have emerged as recommended aspects of juvenile justice system operations nationwide. Little is known empirically, however, about the actual performance of juvenile justice systems or the real changes brought by contemporary reforms, and theory and research on the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based approaches have been slow to emerge. This paper will review the key aspects of the modern accountability movement in juvenile justice, and then discuss a recently proposed theory that may be useful in future examinations of juvenile justice system improvement efforts. A suggested research agenda also is presented.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Criminal Justice Studies on 07 Aug 2012, available online:



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Myers, D. L. (2013). Accountability and evidence-based approaches: Theory and research for juvenile justice. Criminal Justice Studies, 26(2), 197-212.