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NCJ Number: 114355 Find in a Library
Title: Public Safety with Care: A Model System for Juvenile Justice in Hawaii
Author(s): N Karraker; D E Macallair; V N Schiraldi
Corporate Author: National Ctr on Institutions and Alternatives
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 96
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr on Institutions and Alternatives
Alexandria, VA 22305
Sale Source: National Ctr on Institutions and Alternatives
3125 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22305
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using trend data, interviews, and case reviews, this study evaluated the custody and programming needs of wards of the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF).
Abstract: Classification of 79 wards admitted in April 1988, indicated that 16 boys and 3 girls required secure custody as assessed by the Delaware scale, which placed the greatest number of youth in this category. HYCF's own dangerousness scale placed 5 boys and 2 girls in this category. For these few youth, small, locked facilities with high staff/resident ratios, individualized planning, and gradual reentry mechanisms are recommended. For the remainder, a variety of community-based options are appropriate, such as wilderness challenge programs, experiential education, enriched employment/vocational training, intensive family outreach and monitoring, supervised independent living, extended family homes, and staff-secure custody. While these reforms are needed immediately, budgetary constraints require a two-phase implementation plan. Between 1988 and 1989, the State should use existing residential programs for early parole, establish a wilderness challenge program and an intensive family outreach and monitoring program, and contract with a private agency to place youth into community programs and train HYCF staff in community placement. From July 1989 on, the State should create a division for youth, restructive funding, develop a continuum of care program system, and renovate existing HYCF structures. Supplemental information is appended. 15 tables and 34 references.
Main Term(s): Community-based corrections (juvenile)
Index Term(s): Hawaii; Juvenile correctional facilities; Juvenile correctional programs; Juvenile offender classification
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