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NCJ Number: 167661 Find in a Library
Title: Secure Units (From Children and Young People in Conflict with the Law, P 155-168, 1996, Stewart Asquith, ed. - See NCJ-167654)
Author(s): P Littlewood
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
London, N1 9JN, England
Sale Source: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
118 Pentonville Road
London, N1 9JN,
United Kingdom
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This chapter discusses locking up children in institutions specifically designed, at least in part, for purposes of their containment and reviews three recent studies of the practice.
Abstract: There are many euphemisms for places where children are placed in custody-quiet rooms, secure accommodation, time-out rooms, and detention centers, to name a few. There are no precise figures on the numbers of children locked up in this way, largely because of the covert nature of such institutions and their practices. The chapter reviews principal findings and interpretations of three major studies: an exhaustive survey of children in custody in Great Britain and Ireland; a detailed account of the tension between rhetoric and practice in one of Scotland's three secure units; and an elaborate exploration of the whole issue of secure accommodations. The chapter describes the criteria used for placement of children in secure units, the sorts of children sent to them, units' policies and treatment practices and preparation and activities of their staff. References
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Foreign juvenile justice systems; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Ireland; Juvenile correctional facilities; Juvenile detention; Juvenile detention decisionmaking; Juvenile detention reform; Scotland; Secure juvenile units/facilities
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