An Evaluation of the Education Services Provided to Juveniles in the Polk County Jail

The purpose of this study is to determine, through a process evaluation, the level and quality of educational services provided to juveniles within the Polk County Jail. The evaluation consists of interviewing school administrators, reviewing the jail’s educational policy documents, observing each classroom/teacher, as well as reviewing selected student files. The initial report includes the evaluation’s findings, recommendations, and implementation strategies. In addition the project includes ongoing monitoring and technical assistance to the Polk County Schools regarding education services  for juveniles and Direct File Youth


George Pesta, Ph.D. 
Associate Director, FSU Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research

Principal Investigator: George Pesta, Ph.D.

Research Advisor: Thomas Blomberg, Dean and Sheldon L. Messinger Professor of Criminology, FSU College of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Dates: 2013 to 2017

Funding Agency: Polk County School Board

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