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NCJ Number: 167095 Find in a Library
Title: Law-Related Education: A Diversion Option in the Kentucky Juvenile Justice System (From Law-Related Education and Juvenile Justice, P 116-140, 1997, Deborah Williamson, Kevin I Minor, and James W Fox, eds. -- See NCJ-167087)
Author(s): D Williamson; J R Columbia
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Addressed to administrators or line staff in the juvenile justice system who may be contemplating implementation of a law- related education (LRE) program, this paper discusses related issues in the Kentucky juvenile justice system and attempts to inspire diversion programs, probation departments, and other community-based agencies serving at-risk youth or first-time juvenile offenders to pursue LRE as a program option.
Abstract: The paper begins with a discussion of LRE's use as a diversion option in the Kentucky Court Designated Worker (CDW) Program. Emphasis is placed on the fact that in Kentucky the intake officers are on call 24 hours a day, maintain regular office hours, screen youth eligible for informal processing, and serve as LRE program facilitators for diverted youth. Although the model presented is housed in a diversion setting, with minor modifications, it is also suitable for adaptation in probation and other community-based settings. The paper also addresses Kentucky's preliminary involvement in LRE and the initial stages that involve facilitator training, recruitment of resource persons, and enrollment of participants. A description of a typical LRE session is also provided in hopes that future facilitators in diverse settings will see the magnitude of flexibility and creativity afforded in this program. A brief section that highlights the theoretical framework is also included. The last sections of the paper address the minor problems encountered in various phases of program development, remedies to those issues, and how successes in the pilot program phase have led to expanded LRE programming. The rate of growth that Kentucky LRE has experienced, coupled with program diversification, convinces the authors that LRE is an efficient, cost-effective program. 10 references and appended processing/eligibility criteria, pilot program curriculum, and knowledge pretest and answer key.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
Index Term(s): Citizen legal knowledge; Educational courses; Juvenile diversion programs; Kentucky; Law-related education
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