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NCJ Number: 76781 Find in a Library
Title: New Directions in Juvenile Corrections (From American Correctional Association - Proceedings, P 103-110, 1981, Barbara Hadley Olsson and Ann Dargis, ed. - See NCJ-76771)
Author(s): P West
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Sale Source: American Correctional Assoc
206 N. Washington St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper, presented at the 110th Congress of Correction of the American Correctional Association (ACA), discusses past attempts to develop solutions to juvenile crime problems and reviews new approaches to the field, with examples drawn from California programs.
Abstract: Past attempts to resolve juvenile crime problems have been characterized by reflective reactions to immediate, inadequately perceived problems and by attempts to solve problems solely by expending large amounts of money on them. Corrections professionals have sometimes adopted unproven, quick solutions developed by persons outside the field, such as programs based on a film entitled 'Scared Straight.' Some of the new initiatives, such as harsher sentencing for juveniles, are only revisions of approaches which have failed in the past. Three new approaches should be implemented immediately. First, the fragmentation existing in the field must be eliminated by encouraging cooperation among various components of the juvenile justice system. Second, solutions to the problem of institutional overcrowding must be found. Finally, public involvement in problem solving must be encouraged. In California, fragmentation has been attacked by developing county coordinating agencies. In addition, the California Youth Authority coordinates juvenile programs and inspects juvenile facilities. Control of programs for serious offenders is shared by State and local agencies. Starting with juvenile delinquency prevention, corrections professionals hould catalyze action for and holistically support better lives for American youth, should speak out on larger social issues, should cooperate with other agencies in providing services, and should use ACA to achieve these ends.
Index Term(s): California; Community-based corrections (juvenile); Correctional planning; Interagency cooperation; Juvenile correctional facilities; Juvenile correctional planning; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Juvenile courts; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile detention; Juvenile justice reform; Juvenile justice system; Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA); Long range planning; Policy; Program financing; Youth Services Bureau
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