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NCJ Number: 47839 Find in a Library
Title: GROUP HOMES - DEALING WITH THE COMMUNITY
Author(s): J WARNER
Corporate Author: West Virginia Wesleyan College
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 35
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Washington, DC 20202
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Buckhannon, WV 26201
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: ISSUES RAISED IN REPORTS ON MORE THAN 80 GROUP HOMES ARE DISCUSSED, AND AN APPROACH TO IMPROVING THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN GROUP HOMES AND THE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH THEY ARE LOCATED IS SUGGESTED.
Abstract: THE ISSUES ADDRESSED RELATE TO THE DEFINITION OF A COMMUNITY-BASED GROUP HOME, THE QUESTION OF WHETHER DELINQUENT OR STATUS OFFENDERS SHOULD BE KEPT IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES, THE EXPERIENCE OF GROUP HOMES WITH COMMUNITY RESISTANCE AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT, AND WAYS OF NEUTRALIZING RESISTANCE AND BUILDING SUPPORT. A REVIEW OF REPORTS ON GROUP HOME PROGRAMS SUGGESTS THAT SOME GROUP HOMES ARE ABLE TO RELY HEAVILY ON ACTIVE COMMUNITY SUPPORT WHILE OTHERS MUST STRUGGLE AGAINST THE POSSIBILITY THAT THEIR NEIGHBORS WILL TRY TO CLOSE THEM DOWN. GROUP HOMES ARE SAID TO HAVE THEIR OWN VALIDITY REGARDLESS OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO THE COMMUNITY, ALTHOUGH A COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED GROUP HOME IS PREFERABLE TO AN ISOLATED HOME. THE 'SNEAK APPROACH' TO ESTABLISHING A GROUP HOME IN A NEIGHBORHOOD IS CRITICIZED. THE PROGRAM REPORTS ALSO SUGGEST THAT GROUP HOMES MAY HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF DEVELOPING A COMMUNITY BASE IN RURAL AREAS (EVEN IN CITIES AND TOWNS IN GENERALLY RURAL AREAS) THAN IN URBAN AREAS OF THE EASTERN SEABOARD. GUIDELINES FOR ESTABLISHING GROUP HOMES AND NEUTRALIZING COMMUNITY RESISTANCE ARE PRESENTED IN EXCERPTS FROM TWO OF THE REPORTS REVIEWED. A LIST OF REFERENCES IS INCLUDED. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Community support; Community-based corrections (juvenile); Juvenile group houses; Literature
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