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NCJ Number: 150181 Find in a Library
Title: Conditions of Confinement: Juvenile Detention and Corrections Facilities (Part 2)
Journal: Detention Reporter  Issue:127  Dated:(May 1994)  Pages:3-10
Author(s): D G Parent; V Leiter
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 8
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents excerpts from a summary of a national study of the confinement conditions in all 984 public and private juvenile detention centers, reception centers, training schools, ranches, camps and farms.
Abstract: In 1991, these facilities held about 65,000 juveniles. Areas with substantial deficiencies include security practices, efforts to control suicidal behavior, and health care. Areas with less substantial deficiencies include education and treatment services, inspections and emergency preparedness, access to the community, and limits on staff discretion. Conditions of confinement appear to be adequate in the areas of food, clothing, and hygiene; recreation; and living accommodations. Recommended actions include the identification of policies and practices that can materially improve safety and security, screening of all juveniles for risk of suicidal behavior immediately upon their detention, constant monitoring of suicidal juveniles, prompt initial health screenings, and a federally funded study to document educational needs and problems of confined juveniles and to evaluate the ability of existing programs to meet those needs. Additional recommendations
Main Term(s): Juvenile correctional programs
Index Term(s): Juvenile correctional facilities; Juvenile facility management
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