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NCJ Number: 187472 Find in a Library
Title: Operation Outreach: Reaching Out to Youths Through Real-Life Experience
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:63  Issue:1  Dated:February 2001  Pages:46-49
Author(s): Emily L. Bond
Editor(s): Susan L. Clayton
Date Published: February 2001
Page Count: 4
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the Operation Outreach program designed to give juvenile offenders a perspective on prison life and realize the potential results they could face in continuing criminal behavior.
Abstract: Operation Outreach is a specially designed program for juvenile offenders at the Hilltop Unit, a female maximum-security facility in Gatesville, Texas. The program is a one-day program operating in several male and female facilities within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to give juvenile offenders a prison perspective and help them realize the possible results they could face if they continue their criminal behavior. The program is presented by incarcerated offenders who share firsthand knowledge of their own real-life experiences that led to their incarceration. Selected female offenders meet on a regular basis to discuss the focus of upcoming meetings. The program is held on Saturdays with a required 10 to 35 juveniles participating. Crimes committed by juveniles attending the program range from drug offenses, theft, and assault. The program gives juvenile offenders an opportunity to live and experience prison life on a voluntary basis or under court order. The program’s mission is to prevent youth from re-offending. The program encourages feedback from both juvenile participants and sponsors.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
Index Term(s): Inmate Programs; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile delinquents; Juvenile first offenders; Juvenile offenders
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