The overall objective of the Reincidências project is to create and implement a technical and methodological support device within the Portuguese Youth Justice’s Probation Services (Direcção-Geral de Reinserção Social - DGRS) that systematically collects data, carries out studies to estimate young offender’s recidivism as well as the effectiveness of the juvenile justice system in preventing crime.
1) Measure the recidivism of young offenders subjected to the intervention of the justice system - based on evidence (police data) and based on previous court decisions;
2) Promote the appropriate conditions for decreasing prevalence rates of recidivism, associating static factors and type of court order;
3) Identify dynamic risk factors associated with recidivism, defining recidivist versus non-recidivist youth profiles, clarifying the recidivism definition - persistence, diversity, severity and incidence;
4) Promote the appropriate conditions to evaluate the effectiveness of youth probation service interventions in preventing young offender recidivism, as well as the impact of court measures on delinquent behaviour.