Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Pa Der Vang


Social Work


This paper examines the experiences of service providers that coordinate and provide services for youthful offenders in rural areas. With juvenile offender recidivism rates around 41% (Wilson & Hoge, 2013) and limited resources to put towards aftercare, it is important to understand the challenges faced during community reentry after a correctional placement in order to best focus resources. This research utilized an electronic qualitative survey that was administered to professionals who work with youthful offenders and are employed by agencies in rural Minnesota counties. The study found that while there are benefits to working with youthful offenders in small communities, the lack of services in those communities present a significant challenge.

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