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NCJ Number: 134647 Find in a Library
Title: Brief Tour (From Last One Over the Wall: The Massachusetts Experiment in Closing Reform Schools P 53-80, 1991, Jerome G. Miller -- See NCJ-134645)
Author(s): J G Miller
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: Ohio State University Press
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Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These two chapters describe the visits to various reform schools made by Jerome Miller shortly after he became Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. These visits inspired him to close all State reformatories and return juvenile offenders to community-based supervision.
Abstract: At the Judge Connelly Reception and Diagnostic Center in the Roslindale section of Boston, Miller was struck by the inhumanity of the facility and the procedures of institutional control it practiced. The Detention Center at Huntington Avenue was the only State facility exclusively for girls awaiting trial or placement; this facility was kept in rigid order by a superintendent who tolerated no relaxation of control. Other facilities visited and described by Miller included the Boys' Industrial School at Shirley; the Girls' Industrial School at Lancaster; John Augustus Hall; the Lyman School for Boys; the Institute for Juvenile Guidance, Topsfield; and the Forestry Camp at Brewster.
Main Term(s): Community-based corrections (juvenile); Juvenile correctional reform
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Correctional institutions (juvenile); Massachusetts
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