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NCJ Number: 69899 Find in a Library
Title: Short-Term Intervention - A Positive Institution Experience
Journal: California Youth Authority Quarterly  Volume:32  Issue:2  Dated:(Summer/Fall 1980)  Pages:80-84
Author(s): G Maurer
Corporate Author: California Dept of the Youth Authority
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: California Dept of the Youth Authority
Sacramento, CA 95823
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Two planned reentry programs (PREP) have been established at California Youth Authority institutions; the programs are designed to provide incentive and an opportunity for early release.
Abstract: The short-term accelerated program concept was chosen because of the Youth Authority's rising institutional pupulation and a belief that mixing the less sophisticated wards with the more sophisticated, longer term commitments would be more damaging than helpful. The 4- to 5-month programs aim to provide intensified experiences in counseling, survival education, community services, recreation, and preparole preparation in order to strengthen the youth's repertoire of basic survival skills. This goal is to be achieved by minimizing penetration into negative institution subcultures, identifying and remediating deficiencies in everyday living skills, fostering personal independence and rational decisionmaking, and ensuring continuity in institution and parole elements. The program uses participatory management approaches and in counseling, emphasizes rational self-counseling, assertiveness training, and behavior modification. Educational objectives focus on self management and everyday survival skills. The youths enhance their interactional and social skills through involvement (working) in the community. Recreation programs aim to ensure participation by all youths. Finally, parole preparation is continues throughout PREP. The program is designed to follow a progressive learning experience from orientation and goal formation, through skills development, to community service and preparole. The youths are motivated to participate because they stand to receive a reduction in time by approximately 3 to 4 months. While the program is only 7 months old (by late 1979), it is hoped that the program will grow to produce better results than long-term incarceratin.
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; California; Correctional institutions (juvenile); Correctional reform; District attorneys
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