Truancy Intervention Reduces Crime: Results from a Randomized Field Trial

Sarah Bennett, Lorraine Mazerolle, Emma Antrobus, Elizabeth Eggins, Alex R. Piquero

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Educational attainment is a fundamental cornerstone to success throughout the life-course. As a result, ensuring that young people remain in school and are not truant is critical. Although the importance of truancy as a risk factor for many adverse outcomes, including crime, has been well-documented, much less methodologically rigorous work has been undertaken to evaluate potentially promising prevention and intervention strategies. This paper uses a randomized field trial method to test how a partnership between police and schools targeting truancy impacts offending in a sample of high-risk truanting young people. We find that the truancy intervention reduces offending and we discuss the implications for practice and directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-329
Number of pages21
JournalJustice Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • crime
  • delinquency
  • partnerships
  • police
  • truancy

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