OBP expands upon adolescent development research by leveraging adolescents’ drive towards independence and their heightened receptivity to rewards. In collaboration with probation officers, youth create meaningful goals and incentives that reward the development of prosocial behavior.
A recent growth of research has highlighted the significant overlap of justice-involved and homeless youth population. Approximately 63% of homeless youth have experienced law enforcement contact, according to the Administration of Children, Youth, and Families, and a 2015 report by Columbia Legal Services indicated that over 30% of justice-involved youth have experienced homelessness or unstable housing.
The Washington State Community Juvenile Accountability Act (CJAA) instructs a regular analysis of Evidenced Based Programs (EBPs) by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, which produces meta-analytical reports delineating the cost-benefits of employing EBPs in the juvenile justice probation system