Youthful Offender Project

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YouthBuild USA

This report on YouthBuild’s Youthful Offender Project stresses the need for re-entry programs to prevent recidivism. Part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Incarcerated Youth-Re-entry Program, the project saw 39 percent of its participants in 2004, and 33 percent in 2005, receive their GEDs or high school diplomas. In addition, rates of recidivism for youth who completed one year of the program were 25 percent in 2004 and 15 percent in 2005. About 8,000 youth in 42 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands take part in YouthBuild programs each year. Free. 32 pages. (617) 623-9900,