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NCJ Number: 148697 Find in a Library
Title: Future Directions for Girls in Custody (From National Conference on Juvenile Justice, P 293-303, 1993, Lynn Atkinson and Sally-Anne Gerull, eds. -- See NCJ-148673)
Author(s): L Saville
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: Following background information on New South Wales' Community Diversion Program and its implications for female juveniles in custody, this paper reports on a survey that solicited suggestions from a sample of such females regarding alternatives that could increase their quality of life; future policy directions in this area are suggested.
Abstract: In 1985 New South Wales began a Community Diversion Program that provides the courts with community alternatives to incarceration and separates welfare services from court services that deal with juvenile offenders. This policy particularly benefits female juveniles because they are more likely than males to come before the court for being "uncontrollable" and "exposed to moral danger." Girls have been typically incarcerated for such noncriminal behavior. A survey was conducted of the 12 girls on control orders in custody at the Reiby Juvenile Justice Center. The girls were particularly critical of limited opportunities for vocational and social skill training compared to the boys in custody. The girls favored postrelease programs to facilitate reintegration and rotation in staff after 6 months to prevent the development of dependency bonds between residents and staff. Suggestions for future directions focus on transition programs and prerelease programs. 4 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Corrections; Female inmates; Female juvenile delinquents; Juvenile correctional programs; Juvenile facility management; Juvenile inmate attitudes; New South Wales
Note: From proceedings of the National Conference on Juvenile Justice, held in Adelaide, Australia, September 22-24, 1992.
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