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NCJ Number: 177054 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Reasonable Alternative to Locking More Kids Up: The Development of Jurisdictional Core Groups
Journal: Journal for Juvenile Justice and Detention Services  Volume:13  Pages:issue (Spring 1998)-19
Author(s): P DeMuro; E L Dunlap
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines alternatives to incarceration for juvenile offenders.
Abstract: The article addresses the fact that the United States is locking up a large number of youths based on the "get tough on crime" philosophy, which is supported by the media, the public and politicians. However, the philosophy produces a disparate effect on minority and poor youth. The article proposes a strategy to reduce reliance on secure detention facilities, a strategy based on developing jurisdictional teams. The teams should comprise juvenile justice and community youth workers at all levels and divisions of the juvenile system. The article delineates steps that the core group should follow in order to reduce overcrowding, including: (1) establishing the core group's mission; (2) analyzing relevant juvenile justice data; (3) developing consensus regarding the purposes of secure detention; (4) developing a risk assessment instrument; (5) developing a continuum of detention interventions; (6) determining the role of an expediter; (7) analyzing steps regarding youths facing adult trials; and (8) monitoring and fine tuning actions taken to reduce overcrowding. Notes, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Correctional institutions (juvenile); Dangerousness; Juvenile detention; Juvenile justice system; Juvenile offenders; Overcrowding; Program design; Team treatment
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