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NCJ Number: 248416 Find in a Library
Title: Alternatives to Detention and Confinement
Corporate Author: Development Services Group, Inc.
United States of America
Date Published: 2014
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Development Services Group, Inc.
Bethesda, MD 20814
OJJDP National Training and Technical Assistance Ctr
Fairfax, VA 22030
Grant Number: 2013–JF–FX–K002
Sale Source: Development Services Group, Inc.
7315 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 800 E
Bethesda, MD 20814
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview; Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In promoting alternatives to juvenile detention and confinement, this overview notes the adverse effects on youth of confinement, types of alternatives to detention and confinement, and evaluation evidence on the outcomes of various alternatives to detention and confinement.
Abstract: The trend toward the provision of alternatives to juvenile detention and confinement is based on evidence that shows their negative impact on both juveniles and their communities. Juveniles who have been confined are more likely to reoffend, thus endangering the community, than those who have been managed under alternatives to confinement. Further, confinement has been shown to undermine a youth’s mental state, academic aptitude, and employment prospects. There are various types of alternatives to detention and confinement. Some examples are home confinement; day or evening treatment in the community; shelter care (short-term non-secure residential care outside the home); group homes (community-based, long-term alternative facilities that allow participation in community services); intensive supervision programs; and specialized foster care. Although the evaluation of the outcomes of these various types of alternatives to detention and confinement have yielded mixed results, they have proven to be less expensive than detention and confinement while being equally, if not more, effective in reducing reoffending. 22 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile detention reform
Index Term(s): Alternatives to Incarceration; Alternatives to institutionalization; Juvenile correctional planning; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Juvenile justice policies; OJJDP grant-related documents
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