ERIC Number: ED253795
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Reintegration of Juvenile Offenders: A Needs Assessment. Final Report.
Feis, Carolyn L.
The transition from the structure of prison life to the freedom of the community is considered an uncertain, confusing, and stressful period which often results in renewed criminal behavior. To explore the experiences and needs of juvenile offenders, 27 youths recently released from secure detention to the community completed the Needs Evaluation Survey (NES) and provided background information, e.g., age, sex, length of stay, prior charges. The NES is a semi-structured interview with scaled items and open-ended questions designed to assess reintegration problems in the areas of school, social, and home life, legal involvement, and the transitional experience, and to explore subjects' interest in reintegration programming. The results indicated that the youths reported skipping school less often than before detainment, having a positive relationship with their caseworkers, having a positive home environment with no change in punishments or restrictions, and a positive relationship with their parents. However, all youths who were placed with a nonparent reported a rough transition to the community. Participants reported experiencing difficulty in dealing with people since their detention, but feeling prepared for the transition to the community, although they had little release preparation. They expressed strong interest in prelease, postrelease, and home visit program planning, with youths placed with a nonparent expressing the most need. No relationship was found between amount of time in detention, or the seriousness of offense, and the reentry experience. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Society of Criminology (Denver, CO, November 9-12, 1983). For related research, see CG 017 999.