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NCJ Number: 197273 Find in a Library
Title: Youthful Offenders: Today's Challenges, Tomorrow's Leaders?
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:64  Issue:6  Dated:October 2002  Pages:74-76
Author(s): Kathy Bryant-Thompson; Deloris Glymph; Wm. Sturgeon
Editor(s): Susan L. Clayton M.S.
Date Published: October 2002
Page Count: 3
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article briefly discusses the challenges facing the Nation’s correctional system and society in managing incarcerated youth and planning for their successful release back to the community through interventions and treatment.
Abstract: Today, youthful offenders continue to commit violent crimes and join gangs, creating a management issue for correctional systems. The majority of youthful offenders incarcerated in prisons and jails return back to society and it is for this reason that there needs to be a successful reintegration of these youth back into their communities. Corrections must continually reassess the current methods for managing youthful offender interventions, treatment, and transitional care due to the dynamics of the population. This article addresses the challenges faced by adult correctional systems in managing the youthful offender, developing a youthful offender program, creating structure for the program, and the successful return and reintegration of the youthful offender to the community. Since corrections management has been geared to adult inmates, age-specific programming needed to be found or created, classification instruments needed to be adapted, and legal issues needed to be reviewed. Corrections administrators need to be actively involved in the development and operational oversight of youthful offender programs. The implementation of a youthful offender program requires preplanning, coordination, and patience. Re-entry initiatives must be implemented to begin in the correctional setting and continue throughout the youthful offender’s transition to and stabilization into the community.
Main Term(s): Youthful offenders
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Community support; Correctional facilities; Correctional institutions (adult); Corrections effectiveness; Corrections management; Juvenile reintegration; Juvenile social adjustment; Juvenile treatment methods; Juveniles; Violent juvenile offenders; Young adult offenders
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