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NCJ Number: 118637 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Justice: We Need a Variety of Treatment, Programming Options
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:51  Issue:4  Dated:(July 1989)  Pages:120,122-123
Author(s): L W Mixdorf
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 3
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper argues that inadequate effort is devoted to developing balanced juvenile justice systems that offer a variety of security and program options in a continuum of care.
Abstract: Emphasizing that too much attention is focused on the debate over secure versus nonsecure confinement for juveniles, the author calls for a national effort to improve detention intake and classification systems. The impact of space and program availability on juvenile placement is examined. Case management is recommended as one tool to balance community risk factors with the juvenile's personal needs. A range of alternative programs that should be available in all jurisdictions is presented, including diversion, group homes, community service, and halfway houses. The paper contends that constructively managed supervision would be more beneficial to many juveniles than placement in secure facilities. To facilitate security and combat idleness, juvenile offenders need to be kept busy in productive activities 14 to 16 hours a day. Finally, the paper endorses the need for national standards and accreditation.
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice reform
Index Term(s): Juvenile justice management; Offender classification
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