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NCJ Number: 195539 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing Gender-Specific Programming for Juvenile Female Offenders: Creating Ownership, Voice, and Growth
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:53  Issue:2  Dated:June 2002  Pages:58-64
Author(s): Kathy E. Fejes Ph.D.; Darcy Miller Ph.D.
Date Published: June 2002
Page Count: 7
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper presents a model for listening to the voices of staff and residents in a correctional facility for female offenders.
Abstract: The concept of "voice" in addressing programmatic strengths and needs for juvenile female offenders is critical to establishing ownership, and therefore commitment, to programmatic changes. The model presented in this paper allows girl-serving organizations room to individualize assessment processes and reclaim the power of voice in an oft-silenced population. Data from activities and an assessment tool were used to guide professional development, policy review, curricular change, and to clearly establish the significance of "shared voice" programs for juvenile female offenders. Voice--similar voices, different voices, but equity in voices--was the driving force behind the model of discourse used to generate program assessment in this study. From voice to commitment, from ownership to action, the framework for challenging the cultural context of programming for juvenile female offenders began with discourse and ended in empowerment. Figures, tables, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Curriculum; Female juvenile delinquents; Gender issues; Juvenile offenders; Model programs; Models; Policy; Professionalization; Program evaluation
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