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NCJ Number: 191070 Find in a Library
Title: Tale of Two Jurisdictions: Youth Crime and Detention Rates in Maryland & the District of Columbia
Author(s): Lisa Feldman; Michael Males; Vincent Schiraldi
Corporate Author: Building Blocks for Youth
United States of America
Date Published: October 2001
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: Building Blocks for Youth
Washington, DC 20005-4902
Sale Source: Building Blocks for Youth
Youth Law Ctr
1010 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 310
Washington, DC 20005-4902
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined youth crime and detention rates in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Abstract: The study sought to determine whether it was possible to reduce the number of youth in secure detention and place young people in trouble with the law in community programs, without incurring an increase in juvenile crime. The analysis concentrated on the neighboring jurisdictions of Washington, DC, and the State of Maryland, in part because of their high rates of disproportionate minority confinement. The study was based on data from juvenile arrest and detention records, interviews with experts who had worked with either or both of the jurisdictions about issues facing policymakers regarding juvenile justice, newspaper articles, and reports commissioned by government agencies concerning secure detention. In order to achieve a more rational use of detention space, the study recommended that both jurisdictions: (1) review use of detention and profile the population detained before undertaking additional construction; (2) expand the use of community-based programming to create a continuum of detention alternatives; (3) analyze disproportionate minority confinement to ascertain whether there was racial disproportionality and develop approaches to redress any inequities; and (4) look to standards promulgated by professional organizations before planning and constructing secure youth facilities. Figures, notes, appendix
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Community-based corrections (juvenile); District of Columbia; Juvenile correctional facilities; Juvenile detention; Maryland; Minority overrepresentation; Race-punishment relationship; Research uses in policymaking; State-by-state analyses
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