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Correlational Analysis of Oregon Juvenile Justice Data Final Report

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Technical Report

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Clackamas County (Or.) -- District Attorney's Office, Juvenile courts -- Oregon


In July 2014, the Center for Public Service (CPS) at Portland State University undertook a project commissioned by the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office to conduct a preliminary analysis of data related to Oregon’s juvenile justice system. The statistical analysis focused on identifying possible correlations between indicators of juvenile justice interventions and public safety outcomes within Oregon counties. Results indicated a handful of significant correlations. Generally, across counties and variables, higher levels of intervention correlated significantly with higher levels of public safety outcomes and higher levels of non-intervention correlated significantly with lower levels of public safety outcomes. Within both the academic and practitioner community there is an ongoing debate related to the relationship between certain juvenile justice interventions and desired public safety outcomes. The research team hopes that this analysis will constructively inform this discussion.


Prepared by: The Center for Public Service, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University.

Masami Nishishiba, Ph.D.

Stephanie Hawke, Doctoral student

Phil Keisling, Director, The Center for Public Service

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