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NCJ Number: 134646 Find in a Library
Title: Going to Massachusetts (From Last One Over the Wall: The Massachusetts Experiment in Closing Reform Schools P 1-52, 1991, Jerome G. Miller -- See NCJ-134645)
Author(s): J G Miller
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 52
Sponsoring Agency: Ohio State University Press
Columbus, OH 43210
Sale Source: Ohio State University Press
Hitchcock Hall, Room 316
2070 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These five chapters describe the process by which Jerome G. Miller, former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, took up his position and began his reform of the State's juvenile corrections system; all reform schools were closed and most youthful offenders were returned to community supervision.
Abstract: The first chapter outlines the early history of juvenile justice reform and discusses the growth of the helping professions tied to institutions including prisons, reform schools, State schools for the retarded, and State mental hospitals. Later juvenile justice reforms focused on prevention, diversion, and deinstitutionalization. The author's personal background is described as a context for the reforms he undertook in his position as Commissioner. The philosophical debate that fueled these reforms centered on punishment versus restoration.
Main Term(s): Community-based corrections (juvenile); Juvenile correctional reform
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Correctional institutions (juvenile); Massachusetts
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