ERIC Number: ED316970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Implementation of Alternative Sentencing for the Handicapped Child and Adolescent through Cooperative Judiciary Training.
LaCoste, Linda D.
A high percentage of youths adjudicated by juvenile courts show neurodevelopmental abnormalities and suffer from significant learning problems and academic underachievement. Judges, lawyers, and those involved in the delivery system of the courts exhibit a lack of knowledge about students' school histories and psychological evaluations. This practicum sought to enhance cooperation between the public school system and the juvenile justice system so that special placement consideration would be implemented for youths with special problems. Specifically, the practicum provided information to a juvenile judge, with parental consent, about the youths' academic background and/or handicapping conditions before sentencing so that possible alternative placements might be considered. The information conveyed to the judge included demographic information, intelligence quotient, school history, and psychological information. An in-service training session was provided to the judge and other City Court staff, concerning handicapping conditions and their relationship to behavior. Analysis of practicum results revealed that 25.5 percent of the 247 juveniles arraigned in 3 months alone in 1989 had handicapping conditions and that of the handicapped group, 20.2 percent were considered for alternative placement and 5.2 percent were not. Results also indicated that the judge felt the information provided was helpful to him when considering placement. 27 references. (JDD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.