ERIC Number: ED441050
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Controlling the Front Gates: Effective Admissions Policies and Practices. Pathways to Juvenile Detention Reform 3.
This report identifies policies and practices essential to overcoming problems with admissions to juvenile detention facilities, using information from the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). Chapter 1, "Why Objective Admissions Policies and Practices Are Critical to Detention Reform," describes factors contributing to uncontrolled detention admissions practices (statutory language is vague, too many people can bring children in, systems often cannot distinguish between high- and low-risk youth, and systems lack effective quality controls). Chapter 2, "Principles for Effective Admissions Policies and Practices," discusses core principles that are central to the design and implementation of new admissions practices. Chapter 3, "Elements of a Structured, Objective Admissions Process," focuses on three basic elements: objective criteria that define eligibility; risk assessment to determine levels of custody required for detention-eligible youth; and quality control and oversight to track consistency, accuracy, and outcomes. Chapter 4, "Lessons Learned," presents key lessons learned from JDAI sites. Chapter 5, "Getting Started," explains five necessary steps (involve key stakeholders, examine what other sites have done, collect data, consider using consultants, and involve line staff in the change process). A list of resources and several risk assessment instruments are included. (SM)
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-547-6600; Fax: 410-547-6624; Web site: http://www.aecf.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.