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NCJ Number: 184150 Find in a Library
Title: Mending Broken Promises: Justice for Children at Risk
Author(s): Richard A. Couto; Nancy B. Stutts
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 137
Sponsoring Agency: Kendall/ Hunt Publishing Co
Dubuque, IA 52004
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7872-7124-1
Sale Source: Kendall/ Hunt Publishing Co
4050 Westmark Drive
P.O. Box 1840
Dubuque, IA 52004
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored the causes of juvenile crime and violence, dispelling the myth about "bad seeds" and focusing instead on "poor soil"; it recommends the reallocation of resources from punishment to prevention.
Abstract: In 1999 the Richmond Juvenile Court (Virginia) marked the centennial of America's juvenile court system. As part of its observance, the court asked its Citizens Advisory Council and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies to collaborate in a study of the gaps in court services and the needs of at-risk children and their families. This report presents the methodology and findings of this study. The study's participatory action methodology involved interviews with judges and clerks; officers of the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court; Court Services Unit staff; law enforcement personnel; secure detention staff; social service agencies personnel; educators; prosecutors and defense attorneys; and private bar attorneys and guardians ad litem. The study found that efforts to "get tough" on juvenile offenders often ignore the underlying causes of problematic behavior, causes such as poverty, racism, unemployment, "war zone" neighborhoods, mental impairment, school failure, and child abuse and neglect. The findings expose recurrent systemic problems and gaps in services. Research substantiates three primary targets for intervention with youth: family, neighborhood, and school. This report describes a number of effective interventions and notes targeted opportunities for philanthropic foundations. Extensive figures and tables and 121 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Economic influences; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Parent-Child Relations; Social conditions; Virginia
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