ERIC Number: ED058341
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Alternatives to Delinquency Institutions. Institute Series, Number l.
Wetmore, Peter, Ed.
The Center for Youth Development and Research called a conference on April 13, 1970 at the University of Minnesota to discuss the present treatment of juvenile offenders and future approaches to working with delinquents. The participants represented diverse backgrounds and included corrections personnel, juvenile court judges, former offenders, and faculty and students from several disciplines. As the basis for the discussions, a paper on delinquency institutions by Gisela Konopka was read by all conference participants. The focus of this paper was on the need to phase out mass institutions and to replace them with a range of community based facilities, including group homes and small youth communities. She stressed that any program for delinquent youth must be geared toward the enhancement of their self-respect. This means that only people who have a positive attitude of respect toward youth should be employed in such facilities, and that all staff members, regardless of their position or educational background, should receive training. She also suggested that community volunteers, and especially young people, should work with young delinquents in these group homes or youth communities. Finally the paper urged that stringent evaluation should accompany the implementation of any new system of treating youthful offenders. The discussion of the one-day conference was tape recorded and the dialogue was edited and reconstructed from the transcripts. (Editor/JM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Antisocial Behavior, Behavior Problems, Correctional Institutions, Decentralization, Delinquency, Delinquency Causes, Delinquency Prevention, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Emotional Disturbances, Institutional Personnel, Personnel Selection, Rehabilitation Programs, Self Concept, Self Esteem
Center for Youth Development & Research, University of Minnesota, 304 Walter Library, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 (Price not known)
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Youth Development and Research.