ERIC Number: ED439202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
From the Courthouse to the Schoolhouse: Making Successful Transitions. Juvenile Justice Bulletin.
Stephens, Ronald D.; Arnette, June Lane
This bulletin is designed to shed light on successful strategies for reintegrating youth from juvenile justice system settings into the educational mainstream and to guide youth-serving professionals toward promising programs, practices, and resources. The Intensive Aftercare Program, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 1988, serves serious, habitual offenders who are not likely to return to mainstream educational systems. Nevertheless, the theoretical approaches identified by this model are suitable for the reintegration of juvenile offenders into transitional educational settings. In particular, the model's emphasis on ongoing services and supervision while youth are incarcerated and when they return to their communities also applies to their transition from confinement to school settings. Both effective programs within correctional institutions and transitional support on leaving confinement are necessary. New Jersey's Gateway Academy is an example of a program that manages transitions for students returning to mainstream education. Transitional educational placement in alternative schools can offer environments that gradually reduce the level of supervision and support youths were accustomed to receiving while incarcerated. Arizona's Pathfinder Project provides this type of transitional placement. Many students do not have programs like these available to them, but their re-entry into the educational system can be smoothed with pre-release information sharing and visits, counseling, and curricular and disciplinary policies that support the reintegration of the student into the school system. Establishing partnerships between juvenile probation departments and schools is another innovative approach to effective intervention with young offenders. The Allentown School District, Pennsylvania, provides an example of a school-based probation program. Foremost among all of the strategies for helping delinquent youth re-enter the education mainstream is open communication among agencies and other entities involved in helping these students. (Contains 23 endnotes.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.