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Title: Case for Alternatives to Detention
Journal: Juvenile and Family Court Journal  Volume:34  Issue:3  Dated:(August 1983)  Pages:37-45
Author(s): E Pabon
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 9
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Annotation: Many juveniles are unnecessarily held in secure detention prior to adjudication and could be released without endangering themselves or the community.
Abstract: Increased jailing of juveniles in secure facilities appears to be an emerging policy in the United States today. No written policies have been published concerning short-term lockups, but it exists as an unofficial correctional disposition. Secure detention is incarceration within a system traditionally hidden from public view and legislative scrutiny. Research has shown that secure detention is often used to punish the alleged offenders, for the administrative convenience of the court, and for lack of available social services for youths and their families. Alternatives to secure detention are less expensive and more appropriate. They include attention homes, group homes housing between 5 and 12 juveniles plus one set of live-in house parents; runaway programs, offering another kind of group home; and private residential foster homes. Examples of the misuse of secure detention in New York State and New York City and the potential for alternatives in New York City are discussed. A total of 26 notes are supplied.
Index Term(s): Juvenile detention; New York
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