Case Study Analysis: What Bike Riding Can Teach You
The Naming of the Program
The name “Juvenile Contemplative Boot Camp” best suits the program because it is a
description of the planned rehabilitation of the behavioral maladjustment exhibited by the
enrolled teenagers. The program design encourages a conducive environment that enables young
ones to meditate about their lives as facilitators work to help them understand the essence of
responsibility and freedom (Juvenile Probation Department, 2018). The self-reflection period is
packaged as a training seminar in which children are allowed to interact, engage in productive
activities. Unlimited interaction among inmates, one-on-one session with rehabilitators and
isolated session are all available to teenagers to ensure they understand the beauty of respect for
the law, and the ugliness of juvenile delinquency. The program works in a similar manner like
adult probation, and the only difference is that teenagers are under real-time surveillance and
evidence-based counselling to ensure immediate intervention whenever anything is not working
as prescribed by correctional officers. The behavioral improvement of teenagers is marked as
scores to allow for grading of the best performing teenagers, and also to determine the right time
to release individual young inmates back to society.
Guiding Values for the Program
There are many guiding values for this program, but two are the foundational principles
upon which the realization of the ultimate goal of the program stands. The first value is the
enhancement of offender motivation. Young people need love and acceptance in society. It is
their lack of material needs, physical protection and emotional support that contribute to high-
level cases of juvenile delinquency and rebellion (Fortune, 2018). Naturally, human beings
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respond better to programs purposed to change their behavior than it works for the persuasive
approach with a similar intention. In the video What a Bike Ride Can Teach You, Professor
Shimon Schocken shares the experience of a teen suffering from acute emotional stability which
was unable to cope with any slight disappointment, but through his listening ear and
compassionate guidance, Schocken was able to motivate him by explaining the puzzle that is life
and myriad intrigues surrounding it, citing reasons why uncertainties need to be taken positively
as a temporary challenge.
The second value is effective strategic collaboration with all stakeholders of the juvenile
justice system as an integral optimization of systemic success. It is meaningless to venture into a
noble project like teenage rehabilitation single-handedly without the support of all stakeholder
since the lack of their support will impede success while their contribution would certainly
optimize chances of succeeding (Hoge, 2018). Formation of a strategic alliance with other
agencies boosts resource mobilization, oversight and many other aspects of support. Teamwork
makes it possible for the sustainability of the project since there are many different support
systems like spiritual mentorship that would need the contribution of religious groups. Medical
interventions like evidence-based psychological intervention also require certified medical
practitioners to help in making the whole process holistic. In What Bike Riding Can Teach You,
Prof Schocken began by seeking authority and support of the prison system to enable the bike
riding project to acquire legitimate integration as part of the larger approach to the correctional
The Vision Statement
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The office of Juvenile Contemplative Boot Camp envisions a society which is devoid of
wasted children caused by crime and substance abuse. In situations where children suffering
from these ills are identified and admitted in JCBC, the interactions with such victims must occur
in a manner that is demonstrative of dignity and integrity (Lussier, Corrado & McCuish, 2016).
The youth mentorship programs seek to appeal to the youth by attracting them based on what
they like and with that which they can easily identify. The support of the local community is
important to ensure they co-operate with program facilitators to identify the youth that needs to
be enrolled in evidence-based interventions offered by the facility. The vision of Professor
Schocken is to see a community of vibrant and productive youth in Israel.
The Mission Statement
JCBC provides rehabilitative opportunities to children who are convicted of juvenile
delinquency crimes and involvement with substance abuse. The organization mobilizes resources
from both the government and non-governmental agencies to facilitate correctional objectives of
saving and giving meaning to the lives of young people threatened by both crime and substance
abuse. The program seeks to empower young people who in ordinary circumstances, would be
wasted. The youth correctional programs contain both specialist and volunteers, especially
people with lived experience. The lived experience practice works in a similar way that Professor
Schocken found effortless to blend and understand the youth under incarceration because he had
been under similar circumstance.
The Main Goal of JCBC
The main goal of JCBC program is to conduct juvenile rehabilitation within the confines
of public safety guidelines and produce quality professional commitment with excellent results
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of positive outcomes evidenced by character and behavior reformation in all candidates of the
correctional program. The accomplishment of the goal needs a professional approach to enhance
productivity (Juvenile Probation Department, 2018). A nuanced understanding of teenage
psychology is integral in improving productivity and positive results. The programs must run in a
way that does not compromise public safety, meaning it must work in close collaboration with
the security apparatus responsible for the children. Teamwork is an integral part of achieving the
overarching goal of this program since extensive expertise is needed from other disciplines. Prof
Schocken works in close co-operation with the correctional facility in his country to ensure
teenagers under his mentorship do not take an opportunity to escape their rehabilitation journey.
The objective of the JSBC program is to achieve at least 80% success rate by ensuring
ex-offenders under the mentorship program are not apprehended for similar crimes. JCBC
ensures that freed youth are taken for vocational training to acquire special skills or readmitted to
school to further their education. The program has in place performance measure indices to
ensure relapse does not occur. The success rate based on the ten youths under Professor
Schocken achieved lasting rehabilitation from the manner in which he understood their
psychology and molded them (Schocken, 2011). The teenagers’ transformation is a result of the
inspiration from Professor Schocken and their responsiveness to mentorship that motivated him
to quit his lecturing job as he volunteers to rehabilitate wasted lives of the young people in his
native country Israel.
Strategic Approach to the Main Objective
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JCBC should adopt strategic approaches to enable it to achieve its objectives. The
performance measures help to monitor the success rate of evidence-based approaches to
intervention. The organization incorporates professional affiliation to enhance the advancement
of principles and values (Lussier, Corrado & McCuish, E2016). JCBC conducts performance
appraisals to foster productivity and ensure all employees get satisfaction from their jobs.
Decision-making process is data-driven as a prudent way of boosting possibilities of positive
outcomes. Effective communication, teamwork and collaborations, diversity and inclusiveness,
are all elaborate structures initiated to maximize the limited resources to achieve the best results.
Most importantly, the organization engages in critical analyses as a method of minimizing
wastages and inefficiencies.
The outcome of the JCBC program is to ensure that all the children leaving the facility
should be able to understand the essence of their stay and develop a changed attitude to life. The
transformation should be visible in the behavior of the teenagers when they resume their
community life (Mears, Pickett & Mancini, 2015). The ex-offenders level of behavioral change
should be a motivating example to all their peers under mentorship. After the first five years of a
successful run of the JCBC, the rate of crime and substance abuse in teenagers should reduce by
at least 80%. Not less than 90% of graduates should ever get convicted of any related offense in
at least ten years from the day they are released from the program.
Outcome Evaluation Method
The method for evaluating the outcome of the program is conducting an analysis of the
recidivism rate of the teenage ex-offenders on an annual basis to determine the effectiveness of
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the evidence-based interventions. This annual analysis of recidivism rate is important since it
provides a database that enables facilitators to determine risks and protective factor indices for
the youth in the local communities (Lovins & Latessa, 2018). A summary of the annual analysis
of the percentage improvement in reduced vulnerability to social pressure is a data-driven
statistical approach that provides empirical evidence of the progress the program is making. The
guideline for data analysis of the follow-up data collected in the field must comply with
intervention principles spelled out in the JCBC values. The productivity rate of the students
detailing their performance in school and productivity in vocational courses is equally an
important aspect in evaluating the outcome of the youth from the JCBC program.
There are two measures that the audit team would use to assess improvement for the
program goals. First, the JCBC program facilitators would need to conduct a survey of
prevention needs assessment as a measure to determine protective risk factors of the youth within
the local communities. Second, there would be a well-structured Youth Outcome Questionnaire
and in which the local communities and other stakeholders would be the respondents (Lovins &
Latessa, 2018). The design of the Youth Outcome Questionnaire is to collect data on the
character and behavioral changes among the youth who have exited the contemplative boot
camp. The psychological state of the youth ex-offenders is also an item in the questionnaire to
help pre-empt possible cases of recidivism before they happen.
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Department. Retrieved from https://sfgov.org/juvprobation/values-vision-and-mission
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Correctional Practices. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 34(1), 81-96.
Lussier, P., Corrado, R. R., & McCuish, E. (2016). A criminal career study of the continuity and
discontinuity of sex offending during the adolescence-adulthood transition: A prospective
longitudinal study of incarcerated youth. Justice Quarterly, 33(7), 1123-1153.
Mears, D. P., Pickett, J. T., & Mancini, C. (2015). Support for balanced juvenile justice:
Assessing views about youth, rehabilitation, and punishment. Journal of quantitative
criminology, 31(3), 459-479.
Schocken, S. (2011). What a bike ride can teach you [Video file]. Retrieved from