A Practical Approach to Linking Graduated Sanctions with a Continuum of Effective Programs

January 1, 2004

This publication examines the connection between structured decision-making instruments and the characteristics of best practices in treatment programs for juvenile offenders. This bulletin introduces a prototype instrument, the Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP), which itemizes the characteristics of effective programs. This bulletin is a valuable tool for both the practitioner and the researcher.