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NCJ Number: 68751 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: CONCERNING THE LABELING, DETENTION, AND TREATMENT OF YOUNG FEMALE OFFENDERS - A SENSIBLE APPROACH TO FEMALE DELINQUENCY
Author(s): P R ANDERSON; G W NOBLIT
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 153
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
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: THIS STUDY DEMONSTRATES THAT COED JUVENILE DETENTION IS ILLOGICAL, AND THAT FEMALES SHOULD NOT BE DETAINED IN JUVENILE COURT FACILITIES.
Abstract: AFTER AN IN DEPTH REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE, TWO DETENTION HOMES UTILIZING THE COEDUCATIONAL MODEL ARE EXAMINED. RESULTS INDICATE THAT THEY FAIL TO PROVIDE A CLIMATE THAT IS CONDUCIVE TO THE REHABILITATION OF THEIR CLIENTS. A DATA ANALYSIS DEMONSTRATES THAT CHIDREN REFERRED TO THE COURT ARE BECOMING MORE 'DEPENDENT' AND LESS 'DELINQUENT.' THIS PHENOMENON IS SUPPORTED BY THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF FEMALE REFERRALS OF A NONDELINQUENT NATURE TO DETENTION FACILITIES. A STUDY OF 53 INMATES ILLUSTRATES THAT FEMALE DETAINEES SEE THEMSELVES, AND ARE SEEN BY OTHERS, AS NONCRIMINAL, AS HAVING SOCIAL PROBLEMS, AND AS NOT BEING UNDERSTOOD BY PARENTAL AUTHORITY FIGURES. A MENTAL HEALTH MODEL FOR ADDRESSING MALE DELINQUENCY, ITSELF HISTORICALLY UNSUCCESSFUL AND INADEQUATE, HAS BEEN ARBITRARILY IMPOSED ON FEMALE PROBLEM CHILDREN SOCIALLY DEFINED AS DELINQUENT. ALTERNATIVES TO FEMALE JUVENILE DETENTION WOULD INCLUDE (1) A FORMAL MORATORIUM ON THE DETENTION AND INCARCERATION OF FEMALE OFFENDERS EXCLUDING ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE COMMITTED SERIOUS OFFENSES; AND (2) THE CREATION OF A COMMUNITY LIFE SERVICES ORGANIZATION AT THE STATE LEVEL FOR ALL NONSERIOUS DELINQUENTS, WHICH WOULD REPLACE THE JUVENILE COURTS AND UTILIZE THE COURT'S COUNSELORS AND VOLUNTEERS. OVER 80 REFERENCES, FOOTNOTES, AND TABLES ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Female juvenile delinquents; Female status offenders; Juvenile correctional facilities; Juvenile court diversion; Juvenile detention; Problem behavior; Sexual behavior
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