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NCJ Number: 164603 Find in a Library
Title: What Can We Do About Violence: A Bill Moyers Special, Part 1, Juveniles Locked Up
Author(s): B Moyers
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Films for the Humanities, Inc
Princeton, NJ 08543
Sale Source: Films for the Humanities, Inc
Box 2053
Princeton, NJ 08543
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This film focuses on violent juvenile offenders and profiles current sentencing and correctional trends as well as a Florida program that focuses on work and rehabilitation rather than incarceration.
Abstract: The discussion notes that more than 3,000 juveniles are arrested for murder each year and that more than 100,000 are arrested for violent crimes. Interviews with male and female youthful offenders at a correctional institution in Ventura, Calif. reveal their perceptions that violence has been part of their childhood lifestyle and that some committed crimes because they had nothing else to do. An interview with researcher James Wilson notes that in all cultures, a small percentage of youthful males are impulsive and have difficulty empathizing with others. No data are available to indicate effective approaches with these youths. The discussion also notes that the juvenile justice system was designed for shoplifters and truants rather than violent offenders. Juveniles are increasingly being tried in adult court, especially in Dade County (Fla.). Nevertheless, both polls and research reveal that small, secure, alternative facilities with intensive, individualized programs can be effective. The program concludes with a profile of one such program, the Last Chance Ranch in Venus, Fla., where youthful offenders are involved in a highly structured program in which work is a central component.
Main Term(s): Violent juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): California; Florida; Juvenile Corrections/Detention trends; Juvenile court waiver; Juvenile delinquency; Juvenile detention; Juvenile justice policies; Juvenile rehabilitation; Offender attitudes
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