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NCJ Number: 136520 Find in a Library
Title: Serious and Chronic Juvenile Offenders: A Study to Determine Future Directions
Author(s): S E Laurence; P R Schneider; M C Finkelstein
Corporate Author: Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 181
Sponsoring Agency: Maryland Juvenile Justice Advisory Council
Baltimore, MD 21201
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)
San Diego, CA 92120
Contract Number: RFP JJAC-0690
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study determined whether or not Maryland needs a separate rehabilitation-oriented institution for serious and chronic juvenile offenders.
Abstract: This study defines the "serious" juvenile offender as "one who has been adjudicated delinquent on a current offense of a Part I crime as defined by the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, excluding auto theft, or of distribution of controlled dangerous substances and was 14, 15, 16, or 17 years old at the time of the offense." A "chronic" juvenile offender is defined as "a youth aged 14, 15, 16, or 17 who has been adjudicated or convicted more than once of a Part I crime as defined by the FBI's Uniform Crime Report at the time of the current offense or has been adjudicated or convicted more than three times in the past 2 years at the time of the current offense, or has been committed more than once to the Charles H. Hickey, Jr. School in the previous 18 months." A review of the treatment needs for such youth considers educational needs, vocational needs, mental health needs, physical health needs, family relationships, peer relations, substance abuse, life skills, and recreation and leisure skills. Placement needs are then discussed. Based on study findings, this report recommends against the establishment of a rehabilitation-oriented institution for serious and chronic juvenile offenders. Instead, it recommends establishment of a system of regionalized secure care. A network of small, 15-20 bed maximum-security facilities should be established to care for youth in or near their own communities. 19 figures, 9 tables, appended supplementary information, and 84 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile correctional facilities; Serious juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Maryland
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