ERIC Number: ED338973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Before the Doors Are Locked: Effective Alternatives to Incarceration for Non-Violent Juvenile Offenders.
Voices for Illinois Children, Chicago.
Juvenile crime threatens the immediate safety and well-being of its victims. The cost of processing and punishing the offender takes money from more productive purposes. If the juvenile offender either continues a life of crime or otherwise drops out of the lawful economy, the cost to the community is a long-term burden. In the early 1970s, many states introduced programs for non-violent juvenile offenders. These programs included a measure of punishment and supervision coupled with opportunities for the young person to acquire skills to enter the legal work force. These programs are known as "alternatives to detention and corrections." The most effective programs are organized case management: one or two people take responsibility for the young person. The case manager makes sure that the programs are appropriate for the young offender, monitors the juvenile's progress, and generally ensures that the young person is doing what he is supposed to be doing and getting the help he needs. But these programs are not realizing their potential. There are no vigorous plans to expand them to a greater number of youth. As a consequence some youth are ignored until they have committed enough delinquent acts to get noticed. (This report describes programs for non-violent juvenile offenders in Cook County, Illinois, and how the programs could operate if there was commitment both to safety and to getting young offenders back into the legitimate job market.) (LLL)
Descriptors: Correctional Education, Criminals, Delinquency, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Programs, Youth Problems
Voices for Illinois Children, 53 West Jackson Street Suite 515, Chicago, IL 60604 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Chicago Bar Foundation, IL.; Colman Fund for the Well Being of Children and Youth.
Authoring Institution: Voices for Illinois Children, Chicago.
Identifiers: Illinois (Cook County)