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Title: Beneath the Labels - Children in Detention and Shelter Care
Author(s): L Wood; C Moore
Corporate Author: Assoc for Children of New Jersey
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 119
Sponsoring Agency: Assoc for Children of New Jersey
Newark, NJ 07102
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
New Jersey State Law Enforcement Planning Agency
Trenton, NJ 08625
US Dept of Labor
Washington, DC 20013
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is the second and final report by the Association of Children of New Jersey on the State's three temporary care systems: detention, shelters for Juveniles in Need of Supervision (JINS), and childrens shelters.
Abstract: The methodology was guided by the overall survey information from the 1979 report. A random sample of facility records of 544 children who were in locked detention, JINS shelters, or childrens shelters during 1977 was chosen. Finally, a subsample of 102 cases from among the 544 was selected to obtain a detailed profile of children at risk of placement on a long-term basis. The report concluded that locked detention is misused and overused, that the 1974 juvenile code needs major reform again to bring more protection for youngsters now charged as JINS, and that major changes are needed to bring resources to bear more effectively on behalf of children and families in crisis. Detailed recommendations are given covering the areas of proposed changes in court handling, JINS Shelter, and children's shelter reform, and Division of Youth and Family Services policy and program changes. Tabular data and footnotes are included. Three appendixes contain New Jersey's juvenile code, supplemental tables, and lists of detention and shelter facilities in New Jersey.
Index Term(s): Juvenile detention; Juvenile shelter care; Juvenile status offenders; New Jersey; Runaway Youth Act of 1974
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