The Riverside County Probation Department receives funds from the California Board of State and Community Corrections’ (BSCC) Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA). With these funds, the probation department supports other Riverside County agencies (i.e., District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Department) and community-based organizations to provide programming to youth offenders and youth deemed to be at high risk of offending. Beginning in October 2019, the probation department contracted with our team to provide evaluation services for its JJCPA-funded programs. We developed data collection tools and resources for the evaluation and provided annual reports describing the number of youth and families served, the types of services and programs provided, and changes in outcomes related to the number of new arrests, length of supervision, school day attendance, mental health and well-being, and social and emotional competencies.

The JPRC won the new contract for this work in 2024. We will continue to evaluate the effectiveness of the programs currently funded by the JJCPA grant and will update the County’s Juvenile Justice Plan for the next 3 years. The JPRC will also provide a report on the programs’ effectiveness to reduce recidivism, identify any gaps in service and areas where programmatic changes need to be made, update the Riverside County Juvenile Justice Plan, and identify regional needs of target populations throughout Riverside County.