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Youth that have contact with the justice system are less likely to graduate from high school and more like to be arrested again as an adult. As a result, they suffer worse health outcomes than their peers.

A short-term group therapy intervention that emphasizes strategies to correct cognitive distortions and flawed thinking processes that can cause criminal behavior.

The program is often applied in group settings, typically ranging from 20 to 30 sessions. It is carried out by trained professionals and training for non-therapist group facilitators often involves 40 hours or more of specialized lessons and skill building. 

Approximately 13,000 juveniles in Los Angeles, aged 10-16, who in the past 12 months were released to parole, put on probation, or given supervisory caution after encountering the juvenile justice system.

For a $6.4 million investment in one year covering one cohort of 12,637 juveniles ($505 per child), the following results would be expected.