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NCJ Number: 175333 Find in a Library
Title: Growing Up Behind Bars: Confinement, Youth Development, and Crime
Journal: Journal of the Oklahoma Criminal Justice Research Consortium  Volume:3 (August 1996)  Pages:29-41
Author(s): C S Taylor
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 13
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article explores the net impact of confinement on youth age 16 and younger and proposes a research plan to further study the issue.
Abstract: Child development and juvenile justice experts agree that, in theory, youth should not be treated in the criminal justice system in the same manner as adults. Juvenile corrections facilities should provide a setting for establishing positive relationships that encourage the healthy development of young offenders. However, rehabilitation does not often enter into the current juvenile justice process in the manner that theory suggests, and the literature reveals that juvenile incarceration has not been particularly successful in producing better young citizens. In fact, the environment within a juvenile facility may actually foster criminality. The article suggests a participatory approach to evaluation and youth program enhancement to identify: the role of youth development theory in the vision of existing programs and in program practice; gaps between theory and practice; plans for narrowing the gap; and youth outcomes associated with these program changes. Notes, table, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Corrections; Juvenile justice policies; Juvenile justice research; Juvenile justice system; Juvenile program evaluation; Juvenile program needs assessment; Program design; Program evaluation
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