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NCJ Number: 152100 Find in a Library
Title: Alternatives to Secure Detention for Juvenile Offenders: The Case of Diversion
Journal: Journal for Juvenile Justice and Detention Services  Volume:9  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1994)  Pages:7-16
Author(s): B A Schillo; W S Davidson II
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 10
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The need for alternatives to secure detention for juvenile offenders has once again become an issue of critical concern, particularly since many research studies show that traditional juvenile treatment programs, including secure detention, are largely ineffective in reducing juvenile recidivism.
Abstract: Increased juvenile incarceration and recidivism rates highlight the need to re-examine the use of alternative intervention strategies. Diversion represents an alternative approach to dealing with delinquent youth outside the formal juvenile justice system. Diversionary practices differ according to juvenile delinquency theories on which they are based. Many diversion interventions are derived from social labeling theory, while others have evolved from an environmental differences model. Still other interventions are based on social control theories. The goal of the Adolescent Diversion Project (ADP) at Michigan State University is to provide youth with skills that will help them resolve interpersonal problems. The project uses two different intervention models, behavioral contracting and child advocacy. Elements of the ADP that may be replicated in other juvenile diversion programs are discussed. 21 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Juvenile courts; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency theory; Juvenile detention; Juvenile diversion programs; Juvenile Recidivism; Michigan; Social control theory
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