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NCJ Number: 178964 Find in a Library
Title: Promises and Pitfalls of Mentoring as a Juvenile Justice Strategy
Journal: Social Justice  Volume:24  Issue:4  Dated:Winter 1997  Pages:212-246
Author(s): Delores D. Jones-Brown; Zelma Weston Henriques
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 35
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article argues that mentor programs are a viable strategy for delinquency prevention and reduction, even for youth who have been adjudicated for serious offenses.
Abstract: The article outlines the sociopolitical context in which community self-help began to develop as a necessary means of delinquency prevention and reduction along with more punitive means of attempting to achieve the same goals. It also distinguishes mentor programs from the (more intrusive) government approaches of boot camps and waiver. Then it describes results from the Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Federal Juvenile Mentoring Programs as showing the promise of mentoring as an effective means of delinquency prevention and reduction. Finally, the article identifies critical areas that must be effectively addressed to design and implement successful mentor programs to serve minority youth. The article cautions that effective mentor programs can only be achieved through careful design and implementation that takes into account the special needs and circumstances of the population to be served. Notes, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America; Juvenile court waiver; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Mentoring programs; Program design; Program evaluation; Shock incarceration programs
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