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NCJ Number: 183977 Find in a Library
Title: Ain't No Place Anybody Would Want to Be: Conditions of Confinement for Youth, Annual Report 1999
Author(s): John Hubner; Jill Wolfson
Corporate Author: Coalition for Juvenile Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 83
Sponsoring Agency: Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Coalition for Juvenile Justice
1710 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
10th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The United States is going through a repressive period in juvenile justice, a period in which the emphasis on rehabilitation has virtually disappeared.
Abstract: Minorities represent nearly two-thirds of juveniles held in public detention and long-term facilities, and conditions of confinement for these young people are often grim. Further, there are more transfers to adult courts, more mandatory minimum sentences, and more frequent use of incarceration for juvenile offenders. Approximately 5,700 young people are being tried as adults and held in adult facilities on an average day. Another 2,400 are being held as juveniles in adult jails. Conditions in juvenile correctional facilities are often not known to the public and the media, and these facilities tend to be isolated from each other. Although conditions in juvenile correctional facilities are not always adequate or humane, most young people are housed in facilities with codes emphasizing a setting that is home-like and as least restrictive as possible. These facilities typically have some kind of educational program, mandated exercise, and recreation. Most facilities screen for emergency medical problems and drug use. The treatment of juveniles in the District of Columbia is contrasted with the superior juvenile justice approach in a Texas juvenile correctional facility. Another case example is provided of Chicago's efforts to provide temporary care and custody of dependent, neglected, and mentally disabled children, as well as juveniles charged with crime. Recommendations to improve conditions in juvenile correctional facilities are offered. References and photographs
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention effectiveness
Index Term(s): District of Columbia; Illinois; Juvenile correctional planning; Juvenile court waiver; Juvenile detention; Juvenile justice system; Juvenile offenders; Juvenile rehabilitation; Minority juvenile offenders; Prison conditions; Texas; United States of America
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