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NCJ Number: 120859 Find in a Library
Title: Without Locks and Bars: Reforming Our Reform Schools
Author(s): G R Grissom; W L Dubnov
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 240
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Publication Number: ISBN 0-275-93282-6
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book documents the organizational change which transformed Glen Mills Schools (Delaware County, Pa.), America's oldest juvenile correctional institution, from a physically deteriorating, ineffective institution into one of the most successful residential programs for delinquents in the Nation.
Abstract: Intended for practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and students of juvenile justice, this book provides both a theoretical model and practical guidelines for the effective reform of juvenile facilities. Documentation of Glen Mills' effectiveness includes the most extensive recidivism study ever conducted on an American correctional institution. The study demonstrates that the normative-culture residential treatment approach for juvenile offenders does work at a cost below most traditional programs. The discussion addresses the theory, beliefs, and values underlying the formal treatment system at the Glen Mills Schools and the process through which the psychosocial environment is shaped into an effective treatment tool. Major steps are described for replicating the Glen Mills model. The book concludes that delinquents, including repeat and serious offenders, have much greater potential for positive behavioral change and educational achievement than is generally believed. Name and subject indexes, 110-item bibliography. (Publisher summary modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile correctional facilities; Juvenile residential treatment centers
Index Term(s): Juvenile treatment methods; Pennsylvania
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