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Title: Private Sector Task Force on Juvenile Justice: Executive Summary of the Final Report
Corporate Author: Carter Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Ahmanson Foundation
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Carter Ctr
Atlanta, GA 30307
David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Los Altos, CA 94022
James Irvine Foundation
San Francisco, CA 94105
Johnson (Walter S) Foundation
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Morris Stulsaft Foundation
San Francisco, CA 94104
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report of a private-sector task force analyzes California's crisis in juvenile justice, notably in its overcrowded facilities, and offers recommendations for reform.
Abstract: Conditions within the California Youth Authority (CYA) institutions have deteriorated as population levels have risen. California's heavy investment in juvenile facilities for incarceration is fueled by public policies favoring tough treatment of minors arrested for crimes. The Juvenile Court Law of California, founded on the concept of rehabilitation, has been amended to emphasize punishment and accountability as legitimate goals of the system. Legislative changes have promoted the prosecution of juveniles and have contributed to longer sentences. Steady escalations of time served at CYA are reflections of these policies. Some task force recommendations for addressing overcrowding include the use of objective detention criteria, the expanded use of home supervision, the use of nonsecure shelters and other "front-end" alternatives to detention, and efficiency audits or analyses. Recommendations also focus on alternatives to commitments to State and local secure juvenile institutions, the segregation of juveniles in jails and lockups for adults, public/private contracts for juvenile facilities and services, and education and leadership development. For the full report, see NCJ-105471.
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice reform
Index Term(s): California; Community-based corrections (juvenile); Juvenile correctional facilities; Prison overcrowding
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