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NCJ Number: 49780 Find in a Library
Title: CONTINUING CONCERNS AND NEW FORMS OF INTERVENTION (FROM JUVENILE JUSTICE IN BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES - THE BALANCE OF NEEDS AND RIGHTS, 1978, BY PHYLLIDA PARSLOE SEE NCJ-49769)
Author(s): P PARSLOE
Corporate Author: Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd
Boston, MA 02108
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE MANNER IN WHICH YOUTH SERVICE BUREAUS IN THE UNITED STATES AND INTERMEDIATE TREATMENT PROGRAMS IN BRITAIN ATTEMPT TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF STIGMATIZATION OF JUVENILES IS DISCUSSED.
Abstract: THE DISCUSSION OPENS WITH COMMENTS ON THE RELATIVE INFLUENCE OF THE COMMUNITY, WELFARE, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE APPROACHES ON JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEMS IN BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES. THE MAJOR CONTRIBUTION OF THE COMMUNITY APPROACH, WHICH EMPHASIZES SOCIETAL INFLUENCES ON THE CHILD, IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN THE IDEA THAT COMPULSORY TREATMENT OF JUVENILES IS LIKELY TO STIGMATIZE THEM, LEAVING THEM UNCURED AND SPOILING THEIR IDENTITY. THIS IDEA HAS LED TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF YOUTH SERVICE BUREAUS IN THE UNITED STATES AND TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTERMEDIATE TREATMENT PROGRAM FOR JUVENILES IN BRITAIN. AS YET, THESE TWO PROGRAMS ARE NOT SEEN AS STIGMATIZING. HOWEVER, HISTORY SHOWS THAT EACH TIME AN INSTITUTION IS SET UP TO DEAL WITH TROUBLESOME CHILDREN, THE INSTITUTION ITSELF BECOMES STIGMATIZING IN TIME. THIS SITUATION MAY BE INEVITABLE AS LONG AS COMPULSORY TREATMENT IS INVOLVED, THE IMPLICATION BEING THAT IT MAY BE IMPORTANT HOW CHILDREN REACH YOUTH SERVICE BUREAUS AND INTERMEDIATE TREATMENT PROGRAMS. HERE, AS IN OTHER ASPECTS OF JUVENILE JUSTICE, CONFLICT BETWEEN THE CHILD'S RIGHTS AND THE CHILD'S NEEDS APPEARS. THE ONLY SOLUTION APPEARS TO LIE IN A CONTINUING EFFORT TO BALANCE THE DEMANDS INHERENT IN ATTEMPTS TO SECURE JUVENILE JUSTICE. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Great Britain/United Kingdom; Involuntary treatment; Juvenile justice system; Labeling theory; United States of America; Youth Services Bureau
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