ERIC Number: ED248446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Opening Doors for Children: A Study of the North Carolina Community-Based Alternative Program.
John Howard Association, Chicago, IL.; Governor's Advocacy Council on Children and Youth, Raleigh, NC.
North Carolina's Community-Based Alternatives (CBA) program serves more than 44,000 youths each year. To obtain local criminal officials' and juvenile justice program practitioners' reactions concerning the operation of the CBA, information was gathered from 107 questionnaires completed by local social service, school, and juvenile court representatives from 33 North Carolina counties. In addition, eight on-site visits were conducted by the review team. An analysis of the results showed that the CBA is opening doors for youths all across the state and that citizens and professionals at both the local and state levels are extremely satisfied with the program. Recommendations for program improvement included an increase in statewide funding for the CBA program to finance new services, to provide incentives to effective programs, and to staff the task force. Specific recommendations for task force refinements focused on voting clarification, monitoring roles, data gathering methods, priority setting guidelines, membership expansion, and membership training and orientation. Finally, it was recommended that task forces assume responsibility for educating local citizens regarding their mandate, role, and responsibility; the needs of youth; services being provided; and the process by which programs are funded. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquent Prevention (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: John Howard Association, Chicago, IL.; Governor's Advocacy Council on Children and Youth, Raleigh, NC.
Identifiers: Community Based Alternatives Program; Juvenile Justice; North Carolina