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NCJ Number: 250142 Find in a Library
Title: Future of Youth Justice: A Community-Based Alternative to the Youth Prison Model
Author(s): Patrick McCarthy; Vincent Schiraldi; Miriam Shark
Corporate Author: Harvard University
John F Kennedy School of Government
Program in Criminal Justice Policy Management
United States
Date Published: October 2016
Page Count: 36
Sponsoring Agency: Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview; Legislation/Policy Analysis; Program/Project Description
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Members of Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Session on Community Corrections met to develop a new paradigm for juvenile correctional policy that explores the role of community corrections and community resources.
Abstract: The discrepancy between funding costs and outcomes from the imprisonment of youth adjudicated by the justice system is clear evidence that a new paradigm for youth corrections is needed. Adult-style prisons that emphasize confinement and control lack the essentials required for healthy adolescent development. In 2013, the National Research Council, the Nation’s premiere, nonpartisan research institute led a comprehensive review of research on juvenile justice in the United States. The Council concluded that well-designed community programs are more likely to reduce recidivism and contribute to youth development and well-being. With the right models, technical assistance, and leadership, incarcerated youth populations can be significantly reduced without adversely affecting public safety. This Executive Session produced action steps in four domains captioned as “reduce, reform, replace, and reinvest.“ Reform steps are recommended under each of these topics. The implementation of this correctional paradigm in Virginia, Missouri, Ohio, and the District of Columbia is described.
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice policies
Index Term(s): Alternatives to Incarceration; Community-based corrections (juvenile); Effects of juvenile imprisonment; Juvenile Corrections/Detention effectiveness
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