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NCJ Number: 126820 Find in a Library
Title: Alternative Reformatory Tests Efficiency of State Detention
Journal: Insight on the News  Volume:6  Issue:37  Dated:(September 10, 1990)  Pages:20-21
Author(s): G Emery
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 2
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: While at the Fort Smallwood Marine Institute in Pasadena, Maryland, juvenile delinquents not only improve their chances of getting along in society but also enjoy facilities they otherwise might not have access to such as scuba diving and a marina.
Abstract: Locking up delinquent youths in most State-run juvenile detention facilities costs from $50,000 to $65,000 a year, with little assurance that anything meaningful will happen to rehabilitate them or deter them from committing more crime. The 8 months that juveniles typically spend in the Fort Smallwood Marine Institute costs about $7,000. After completion of the institute's program, youth have better prospects for finding a job, continuing their education, and avoiding further conflict with the legal system. The institute can accommodate about 40 students and is predicated on the idea that the primary obstacle facing many delinquent youth is an inability to cope in the public school system. The institute is a day program from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The institute will not accept youth with arson, suicide attempts, violent assaults, or indications of mental illness on their records. The goal is to build self-esteem and confidence, and an effort is made to create a family environment where youth receive love, affection, discipline, and feedback.
Main Term(s): Juvenile correctional facilities
Index Term(s): Corrections costs; Juvenile crime costs; Juvenile detention; Maryland
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