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NCJ Number: 134532 Find in a Library
Title: Blueprint for Youth Corrections
Author(s): W H Barton; S M Streit; I M Schwartz
Corporate Author: University of Michigan
School of Social Work
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 33
Sponsoring Agency: University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This working paper proposes a framework for a coherent youth corrections system that clearly links goals, decisionmaking, and intervention responses and that is coordinated by individualized case management; such a system will eliminate the overuse of juvenile correctional institutions and enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and accountability of youth corrections in many jurisdictions.
Abstract: Recent research indicates that costly juvenile correctional institutions continue to be used for large numbers of juvenile offenders, including many relatively minor offenders who do not appear to pose high risks to public safety. The reasons for this overuse of institutions include a lack of clear goals for youth corrections, inadequate decisionmaking, too few community-based alternatives to institutionalization, and a lack of coordination and evaluation. The proposed model would have the following series of characteristics: coordination; rational decisionmaking; an array of services; flexible funds; advocacy; and evaluation. In addition, objective information would be used for classification and assessment. The system would be based on the principles of offender accountability, protection of public safety, and development of individual competency. Figures and 69 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile correctional reform
Index Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Program design
Note: Adapted from Youth Corrections in the 1990's: a Blueprint for Policymakers, by S M Streit and William H Barton (forthcoming)
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