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NCJ Number: 187581 Find in a Library
Title: Pathways to Juvenile Detention Reform No.6: Improving Conditions of Confinement in Secure Juvenile Detention Centers
Author(s): Sue Burrell
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 54
Sponsoring Agency: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Baltimore, MD 21202
Sale Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation
701 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents what was learned from the Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) regarding improving and maintaining safe, humane detention facilities for juveniles.
Abstract: After discussing the impact of inadequate detention conditions and their relationship to detention reform, this report offers guiding principles, based on JDAI experiences, for jurisdictions working to improve institutional conditions. Another chapter discusses how to develop and conduct an assessment, followed by a chapter that considers how to improve inadequate conditions or practices, based on evidence regarding what has worked at JDAI sites. Another chapter provides advice on establishing an assessment process, followed by a summary on how the JDAI sites will provide a system for ongoing assessment. The overall lesson of JDAI for other jurisdictions is that maintaining safe, humane conditions in juvenile detention facilities requires unending vigilance through objective assessment based on applicable legal requirements and accepted professional standards. It requires the commitment of administrators, staff, and the larger juvenile justice community to work for ongoing systemic improvement of detention conditions and practices. A list of 16 resources that pertain to systemic improvement of conditions, legal issues and court cases, professional standards, and studies/statistics on conditions
Main Term(s): Juvenile detention reform
Index Term(s): Change management; Facility conditions; Juvenile detention; Juvenile detention standards; Prison conditions
Note: For other publications in this series, see NCJ-187575-80, 187582, 187584, and 187586-87.
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