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NCJ Number: 184476 Find in a Library
Title: Attitudes of Louisiana Practitioners Toward Rehabilitation of Juvenile Offenders
Journal: American Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:24  Issue:2  Dated:Spring 2000  Pages:271-285
Author(s): Stacy C. Moak; Lisa H. Wallace
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 15
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines attitudes of Louisiana juvenile justice practitioners toward rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.
Abstract: A statewide survey was mailed to 3,947 lawyers, judges, probation officers, social workers, and volunteer coordinators. Responses were grouped by legal training and casework training. Louisiana practitioners had not abandoned the concept of rehabilitation for juvenile offenders. However, they did support punishment as a viable option when treating offenders. Job descriptions were less important in determining support for rehabilitation than were demographic variables. The demographic variables included age, minority status, sex, and education level. A practitioner’s training background did not exert a sustained impact on his or her support for rehabilitation. Instead, professional opinions appeared to be shaped by perceptions of juvenile crime trends. The study did not probe the extent to which practitioners supported punishment and what they envisioned that punishment to entail. The investigation highlights the importance of understanding the people who work in and around the juvenile court process. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Attitudes; Corrections policies; Court personnel attitudes; Juvenile court procedures; Juvenile crime patterns; Juvenile rehabilitation; Louisiana; Punishment; Rehabilitation
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