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NCJ Number: 185164 Find in a Library
Title: Children Behind Bars: Youth Who Are Detained, Incarcerated and Executed
Author(s): Susan Kilbourne; Carrie McVicker
Editor(s): Laura Barnitz
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 49
Sponsoring Agency: Youth Advocate Program International
Washington, DC, 20016
Publication Number: ISBN 0-9663709-5-3
Sale Source: Youth Advocate Program International
Program Director
4545 42nd Avenue, NW
Suite 209
Washington, DC, 20016
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The author maintains that, with little regard for international principles and treaties outlining the ideal treatment of incarcerated children, governments routinely fail to apply these principles.
Abstract: The book calls attention to the gap between the promise of the world's highest standards of humane treatment and the real conditions experienced by incarcerated children. The book also contains examples of government and private programs that attempt to improve the treatment of incarcerated children. Following discussions of why children are incarcerated, what happens to children when they are incarcerated, which children are incarcerated and which are put to death, and the effects of incarceration on children, the book identifies three strategies for improvement: (1) Status offenses should not result in incarceration; (2) Community service programs may serve as alternatives to incarceration in some cases; and (3) Secure juvenile facilities should be monitored so that conditions respect children's fundamental human rights. 100 endnotes and 1 table
Main Term(s): Juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Community service programs; Community-based corrections (juvenile); Foreign juvenile justice systems; Human rights; International law; Juvenile correctional reform; Juvenile detention; Juvenile detention reform; Juvenile detention standards; Juvenile justice reform; Juvenile status offenders; Prison conditions; Rights of minors; Status offender diversion
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