Government authorities are discarding legions of treatment programs for offenders that are not “evidence-based.” To qualify as an “evidence-based program,” research needs to be conducted by an objective, credible, and qualified third-party entity with both a research group and a control group in order to establish credibility and demonstrate proven results. Very few of the programs out there meet that high standard.
But RealVictory does.
For nine years, RealVictory has partnered with Brigham Young University to collect data on every offender taught their unique cognitive behavior method. BYU has published two articles in the Journal of Comparative Criminology and Offender Therapy, a respected, peer-reviewed academic journal, announcing their findings that the RealVictory approach reduces recidivism by a staggering 47% among juvenile offenders.
A third article is being prepared for publication.
The articles are available to read online by means of the links at the bottom of this page.
Brigham Young University has also published Helping Offenders: What Works? It is a book on behavior change methodologies used in the criminal justice system, three chapters of which are dedicated to RealVictory and its positive results.
In Helping Offenders: What Works? the authors summarize the theory, research and conclusions about each of the major approaches for reducing recidivism. They also describe the study done about RealVictory, provide an overview of the program and the specific outcomes the program has produced.
first article was titled “Reducing Juvenile Recidivism With Cognitive Training and a Cell Phone Follow-Up: An Evaluation of the RealVictory Program” by Bert O. Burraston, David J. Cherrington, and Stephen J. Bahr. It was published in the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology on December 2, 2010. It can be found online at http://ijo.sagepub.com/content/56/1/61.abstract .
The second article, which appeared in the same publication on March 12, 2013, was titled “Reducing Juvenile Delinquency With Automated Cell Phone Calls” by Bert O. Burraston, David J. Cherrington, and Stephen J. Bahr. It can be found online at http://ijo.sagepub.com/content/58/5/522 .