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NCJ Number: 65722 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: OVERSIGHT ON SCARED STRAIGHT - HEARINGS BEFORE THE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCES, 96TH CONGRESS, 1ST SESSION, JUNE 4 1979
Corporate Author: US Congress
House Cmtte on Education and Labor
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 386
Sponsoring Agency: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
US Congress
Washington, DC 20515
Sale Source: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
United States of America
Type: Legislative/Regulatory Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE HEARINGS FOCUSED ON THE TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY 'SCARED STRAIGHT,' WHICH DEPICTED A RAHWAY, NEW JERSEY, STATE PRISON PROJECT CONDUCTED BY INMATES TO PREVENT JUVENILE DELINQUENCY THROUGH EXPOSURE TO PRISON LIFE.
Abstract: BECAUSE OF THE WIDESPREAD PUBLIC INTEREST IN THE PROGRAM MANY STATES ARE CONSIDERING SIMILAR APPROACHES. CRITICS, HOWEVER, HAVE CONTENDED THAT THE JUVENILE AWARENESS PROJECT'S SUCCESS WAS EXAGGERATED IN THE FILM. THE TEXTS OF THE STATEMENTS GIVEN AT THE HEARING ARE PROVIDED. THEY REVEAL MIXED REACTIONS TO THE PROGRAM. WITNESSES INCLUDED A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NATIONAL CENTER ON INSTITUTIONS AND ALTERNATIVES, A PROFESSOR OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, A GROUP OF BROADCASTERS WHO HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN MAKING THE PROGRAM, AND AN EX-INMATE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAM. THE COMMISSIONER OF THE NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND A STATE ASSEMBLYMAN DESCRIBED THEIR FAVORABLE EXPERIENCES WITH THE RAHWAY PRISON PROGRAM, FOLLOWED BY POSITIVE COMMENTS FROM TWO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAD PARTICIPATED IN THE PROJECT. CONCERN WITH THE SCARE CONCEPT OF CRIME PREVENTION WAS EXPRESSED BY A CRIMINAL JUSTICE EDUCATOR WHO ALSO DESCRIBED AN ALTERNATIVE INMATE PROGRAM AT THE JAMES RIVER CORRECTIONAL CENTER IN VIRGINIA. FINALLY, A POLICE OFFICER AND COMMUNITY WORKER DISCUSSED THEIR REFERRALS TO THE JUVENILE AWARENESS PROJECT AND REACTIONS TO THE FILM. NUMEROUS STATEMENTS AND LETTERS FROM LEGISLATORS, POLICE, YOUTH SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS, EDUCATORS, AND MEDIA OFFICIALS WERE SUBMITTED FOR INCLUSION IN THE RECORD. THE APPENDIXES CONTAIN NEWSPAPER AND MAGAZINE ARTICLES ON 'SCARED STRAIGHT' AND THE JUVENILE AWARENESS PROJECT, A TRANSCRIPT OF THE FILM, COMMITTEE CORRESPONDENCE, DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS GUIDELINES FOR JUVENILE AWARENESS PROJECT, RESEARCH MATERIALS ON THE 1977 EVALUATION, AND THE TRANSCRIPT OF A FOLLOWUP PROGRAM CONDUCTED BY DICK CAVETT.
Index Term(s): Inmate organizations; Inmate Programs; Juvenile delinquency prevention; New Jersey; Television programming
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