Reading For Life

Project Type: Criminal Justice

Project Stage: Completed

The Reading for Life program (based out of the Juvenile Justice Center, Saint Joseph County, Indiana) diverts young non-violent offenders from the juvenile justice system with a unique and innovative program where low-status juveniles study works of literature in small groups led by trained volunteer mentors. LEO’s evaluation of Reading for Life demonstrated impressive and statistically significant drops in future arrests (recidivism). The program was particularly successful at reducing the recidivism of more serious offenses for those groups with the highest propensity for future offenses - prosecuted felonies fell by 50 percent over the control group mean. For more information, please refer to our article in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management: Reading for Life and Adolescent Re-Arrest: Evaluating a Unique Juvenile Diversion Program. 

For more information, please refer to our article in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management: Reading for Life and Adolescent Re-Arrest: Evaluating a Unique Juvenile Diversion Program.

Reading For Life, Inc.

Non-profit Agencies

St Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center

Government Agencies