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NCJ Number: 30399 Find in a Library
Title: VIOLENT YOUTH - THE UNMET CHALLENGE
Corporate Author: Altana Films
United States of America
Project Director: D KLUGHERZ
Date Published: 1975
Sponsoring Agency: Altana Films
New York, NY 10016
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Altana Films
340 East 34th Street
New York, NY 10016
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS FILM INVESTIGATES THE DIFFICULTIES ENCOUNTERED IN CORRECTIONAL TREATMENT OF VIOLENT YOUTHS, AND EXPLORES SUCH TOPICS AS THE CAUSES OF VIOLENT BEHAVIOR, FACTORS AFFECTING TREATMENT OUTCOME, AND THE YOUTHS' ATTITUDES.
Abstract: VIOLENT CRIMES OF ALL TYPES HAVE INCREASED AT AN ALARMING RATE IN RECENT YEARS. THIS FILM CONCENTRATES ON ONE OF THE MOST DISTURBING ASPECTS OF THIS PROBLEM - VIOLENT CRIME COMMITTED BY OUR NATION'S YOUTH. ALTHOUGH LITTLE IS KNOWN OF THE ACTUAL CAUSES OF VIOLENT BEHAVIOR, THE FILM NOTES THAT THESE YOUTHS APPEAR TO COME FROM SIMILAR BACKGROUNDS: A POOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT AND A DISORGANIZED AND TURBULENT FAMILY SITUATION. THERE IS STILL LESS AGREEMENT ON THE BEST TREATMENT METHODS FOR DELINQUENT YOUTH. THE TWO MOST COMMON VIEWS ON TREATMENT ARE OUTLINED BY MEANS OF INTERVIEWS WITH POLICE AND JUVENILE CORRECTIONS ADMINISTRATORS. ON THE ONE HAND, SOME ADVOCATE PUNISHMENT AND PROTECTION OF SOCIETY AS THE BEST MEANS OF TREATING VIOLENT YOUTHS; AT THE SAME TIME, A REHABILITATIVE MODEL IS ADVOCATED BY MANY. THROUGH AN INVESTIGATION OF A SPECIFIC CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION FOR SERIOUSLY DELINQUENT YOUTHS - THE GOSHEN FACILITY IN NEW YORK STATE - AN OVERVIEW OF THE TREATMENT ISSUES AND PROBLEMS IS PROVIDED. AMONG THESE ARE THE HIGH RECIDIVISM RATES OF RELEASED YOUTHS, CONTINUING DELINQUENT BEHAVIOR IN THE INSTITUTION, ESCAPES FROM THE INSTITUTION, AND LACK OF TREATMENT IMPACT ON JUVENILES. OF PARTICULAR INTEREST ARE THE SEVERAL INTERVIEWS WITH DELINQUENT, VIOLENT YOUTHS THEMSELVES, WHICH HIGHLIGHT THE YOUTH'S CASUAL ATTITUDES TOWARDS VIOLENCE AND CRIME, THEIR VIEWS ON INSTITUTIONAL TREATMENT, AND THE PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WHICH MAY HAVE LED TO THEIR VIOLENT BEHAVIOR.
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Audiovisual aids; Correctional institutions (juvenile); Films; Juvenile correctional facilities; Juvenile delinquency factors; Treatment offender matching; Violent crimes; Violent juvenile offenders
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. 23 MINUTES, 16MM COLOR, 1975
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