official position or policies of OJJDP or the U.S.Department of Justice.Copyright 1994, National Center for Juvenile Justice, 701Forbes, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, 412-227-6950.The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Preventionis a component of the Office of Justice Programs, whichalso includes the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Bureauof Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice,and the Office for Victims of Crime.ForewordIn the 1970's, the message issued by the research communityconcerning the use of prevention and treatment programs forjuveniles was that "nothing works." This unfortunate and,as it turned out, erroneous conclusion, together withincreasing serious juvenile delinquency, fueled confinementof larger numbers of juveniles throughout the 1980's.Juveniles were increasingly turned over to the criminalcourts. These trends continue to this day.Now we find that treatment programs for juveniles do work--and were working all the while. This report, the initialpublication of the Office of Juvenile Justice andDelinquency Prevention's What Works series, describes avariety of successful prevention and treatment programs inthe juvenile justice system. Compiled by the NationalCenter for Juvenile Justice, it represents the results ofa nationwide survey of 3,000 juvenile justiceprofessionals, including juvenile and family court judges,court administrators, probation officers, and line staff.The respondents nominated over 1,100 programs they deemedeffective in their jurisdiction. After careful review, 425programs merited designation as promising interventions.This compendium of successful programs should prove avaluable tool for juvenile justice professionals seekingappropriate prevention and treatment programs in order todeter future delinquency. According to a recent study,fewer juveniles (41 percent) returned to court on a secondreferral when an appropriate prevention or treatmentprogram was initially chosen. To expedite your use of theinformation provided regarding these programs, a contactfor further information accompanies the programdescription.We hope this report assists you in addressing the needs ofyouth and enhancing the effectiveness of your juvenilejustice system.