OJJDP
Shay Bilchik, Administrator February 2000
 
From the Courthouse to the Schoolhouse: Making Successful Transitions

Ronald D. Stephens and June Lane Arnette

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Points of view or opinions expressed in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of OJJDP or the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office for Victims of Crime.

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From the Administrator

The successful reintroduction of juvenile offenders from correctional facilities into the communities in which they live is fraught with challenges. It is, however, an essential process in which schools play a key role in ensuring the offender's chances for success and the classroom's status as a safe environment of learning. In fact, the transition that a juvenile offender makes from secure confinement to school will likely shape the youth's transition to the community.

In 1996, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program asked the National School Safety Center to identify strategies for enhancing services for youth out of the education mainstream.

This Bulletin, one of a series addressing issues related to that initiative, describes effective approaches to reintegrating youth from juvenile justice system settings into the education mainstream and provides information about promising programs, practices, and resources.

With help from all concerned, juvenile offenders can return to their communities to lead productive lives. I hope that the information this Bulletin contains will assist them in taking the first step -- successful transition to school.

Shay Bilchik
Administrator

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