An Initial Evaluation of the Grade Court Program in San Juan County, New Mexico
Study Dates: 1999 Study Description: The Grade Court program in San Juan County, New Mexico was designed to address the relationship between academic failure and delinquency. Youth entered the program as either a condition of release from detention or a condition of probation, and were monitored for their school attendance and grades by the program staff. Juvenile Court records were examined, and charges for delinquent acts and technical violations were counted. This study attempts to take an initial look at the success of the Grade Court through addressing three questions. First, does the Grade Court reduce future offending by its graduates? Second, does participation in the Grade Court result in increased academic success? Third, what is the result of the use of incarceration as a consequence for Grade Court failure?