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Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS): A Comparison of Two Reentry Strategies for Drug Abusing Juvenile Offenders, 2003-2009 [United States] (ICPSR 30143)

Alternate Title:  CJ-DATS: Re-entry Strategies 2003-2009

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Despite progress in reducing crime, crime rates among juveniles, particularly non-white juveniles, remain high. A number of programs have been developed to address the process of reintegration into the community, known as aftercare, through resource efficiency, recidivism reduction, and public safety. This study attempts to evaluate the relative effectiveness of two strategies, extant aftercare services (AS) and Cognitive Restructuring (CR), in order to determine the differential effects on juveniles with varying problem profiles. 236 baseline interviews took place, after which 118 individuals were assigned to CR and 118 to AS. They were then interviewed at three months, two weeks prior to completion of the treatment, and nine months after the completion of the treatment. The two treatments were then compared for relative effectiveness and for relative quality of integration into the juvenile justice system. This data is public use. There are 62 variables and 65 cases in Recruitment(DS1). Intake (DS2) has 444 variables and 187 respondents. The Three Month Follow-Up (DS3) has 319 variables and 159 respondents. Finally, there are 319 variables and 137 respondents in the Nine Month Follow-Up (DS4).

Series: Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS) Series

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Recruitment - Download All Files (2.6 MB)
DS2:  Intake - Download All Files (6.6 MB)
DS3:  3 Month Follow-Up - Download All Files (5.4 MB)
DS4:  9 Month Follow-Up - Download All Files (5.1 MB)

Study Description


Jainchill, Nancy. Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS): A Comparison of Two Reentry Strategies for Drug Abusing Juvenile Offenders, 2003-2009 [United States]. ICPSR30143-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-08-03.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Drug Abuse (DA016201)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   community organizations, intervention strategies, juvenile crime, juvenile justice, juvenile recidivists, prisoner reentry, social reintergration, substance abuse, treatment compliance, treatment programs

Geographic Coverage:   Delaware, Florida, United States

Time Period:  

  • 2003--2009

Unit of Observation:   The a unit of observation for Dataset 1, Recruitment, is survey site by date, Individuals are the unit of observation for datasets 2 through 4

Universe:   Juveniles in post-release reintegration in Florida and Delaware criminal justice systems.

Data Types:   experimental data, survey data


Study Purpose:   The purpose of this study is to determine the relative effectiveness of Cognitive Restructuring versus current aftercare services and their ability to structurally integrate with the current system.

Study Design:   Participants were given a face-to-face interview and randomly assigned to the two treatments. The first treatment utilized the more traditional aftercare services approach, while the second was the untested cognitive restructuring program. Participants were surveyed shortly before finishing treatment and then six months after the completion of treatment to test compliance and relative effectiveness.

Sample:   Participants were recruited from juvenile criminal justice facilities in Delaware and Florida. In groups of eight, they were given baseline interviews and randomized into either the CR or AS condition.

Time Method:   Longitudinal: Panel: Interval

Kind of Data:   quantitative

Mode of Data Collection:   face-to-face interview

Description of Variables:   Variable groups include: Demographics, Arrest History, Treatment History, Readiness to Change Measure, Drug Use, Criminal behavior history, mental health measures, STD/Sexual Risk Behavior Measures and Service Utilization Measures.

Response Rates:   118 individuals were randomized in to each condition (CR and AS), of which 112 (per condition) completed both the 3 and 9 month follow up interviews.

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.


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Version History:

  • 2015-08-03 Created unique case identifiers. Standardized missing values. Added missing value labels. Edited variable labels for clarity and errors. Redacted, masked, top- and bottom-coded, and recoded into categories variables with potential disclosure risks. Redacted disclosure risks in the study manual. Created online analysis version with question text. Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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