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NCJ Number: 230459 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Reentry and Aftercare
Journal: Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy  Volume:16  Dated:2009  Pages:655-667
Author(s): David M. Altschuler
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 13
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In exploring the juvenile justice system's often conflicting goals of rehabilitation, retribution, and deterrence, this article identifies the long-term detrimental effects of confining juveniles and emphasizes the importance of effective reintegration into the community for juveniles released from confinement.
Abstract: Some research suggests that time spent incarcerated contributes to reoffending. Other research indicates that the most effective treatment programs are those conducted outside of the structures and policies of the justice system. Some research indicates that imprisonment does not influence recidivism at all. Research does indicate that succeeding economically and remaining crime-free are not advanced when pathways to legitimate employment are blocked, or when the skills required for well-paying jobs are not cultivated through education and training. It is clear, therefore, that when incarceration is used in the official response to youths' criminal behavior, time in incarceration must be used to improve vocational skills, knowledge, and positive social interactions. Further, upon release from incarceration, the positive skill-building and vocational training that occurred while confined must be continued and applied in a community setting. The term "reintegration" involves improving the potential for success once a confined offender returns to his/her community. Such continuity of care involves five components: continuity of control, continuity in the range of services provided in the community, continuity in program and service content, continuity of social environment, and continuity of attachment. Underlying these components is the assumption that any positive changes experienced by juveniles in confinement cannot lead to permanent change if they are not supported, advanced, implemented, and rewarded in the community after confinement. In discussing ways to increase the likelihood that this will happen, this article promotes the use of cognitive-behavioral approaches, the selection and cross-training of institutional and community aftercare staff, and enlightened case management. 50 footnotes
Main Term(s): Juvenile Aftercare
Index Term(s): Aftercare decisionmaking; Aftercare/juvenile parole; Post-release programs; Prerelease programs; Reentry
Note: Symposium Issue 2009 for additional articles see NCJ-230452-58.
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