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NCJ Number: 148833 Find in a Library
Title: Developing a Youthful Offender System for the State of Vermont, Final Report
Author(s): M Schleuter; A Stahl; J Owen; F Tubbs; M Litzelman; W Clements
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 34
Sponsoring Agency: Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs Planning Division
Waterbury, VT 05676
Vermont Ctr for Justice Research
Northfield Falls, VT 05664
Sale Source: Vermont Ctr for Justice Research
P.O. Box 267
Northfield Falls, VT 05664
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In 1993, the Vermont Governor's Child and Family Council for Prevention Programs tasked the Vermont Center for Justice Research to conduct a project on how to best serve youthful offenders who have been convicted of serious crimes, are at high risk to reoffend, and have a high need for treatment.
Abstract: Youth-serving professionals throughout Vermont were brought together for a series of day-long retreats to discuss the problems of youthful offenders and to develop a comprehensive model for a youthful offender system. The resulting model is based on two elements: (1) a new, legal youthful offender status; and (2) a comprehensive service delivery system to meet the needs of both youthful offenders and the community. Creation of the youthful offender status involves several statutory changes that will affect case flows and service demands. The model is designed to make youthful offenders responsible and contributing community members and to help them master life skills. At the same time, the model stipulates that youth need to be held accountable for their actions and that public safety must be protected through a system of risk reduction programs. Key elements of the proposed service delivery system include youthful offender participation in program plan development, coordination among service providers, service continuity over time, the use of all available resources, and a process for continuous evaluation of system effectiveness. Eligibility and referral criteria for the youthful offender status are examined, as well as legal, administrative, and funding considerations. Guidelines for providing youthful offender services and client population projections for the youthful offender system in Vermont are included. An appendix lists members of the Youthful Offender Study Committee. 3 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Juvenile courts; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Vermont; Youthful offenders
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