ERIC Number: ED465659
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
The Promise of Law-Related Education as Delinquency Prevention. Technical Assistance Bulletin.
Parrini, Michelle, Ed.
According to the Law Related Education Act of 1978, Law-Related Education (LRE) can be defined as "education to equip nonlawyers with knowledge and skills pertaining to the law, the legal process, the legal system, and the fundamental principles and values on which these are based." LRE teaches essential concepts of democracy, including law, power, justice, liberty, and equality. As with many social programs, rigorous evaluations of LRE are scarce, but there is substantial evidence that the principles underlying LRE programs squarely address those factors that research has shown put youth at risk of delinquency. This bulletin reviews that evidence and identifies directions for future development and evaluation of LRE programs. The bulletin examines the following topics: (1) What is LRE? (2) What are the characteristics of programs that prevent delinquency? (3) How can LRE contribute to delinquency prevention? (4) academic failure and commitment to school; (5) expectations for behavior norms for health behavior/attitudes toward problem behavior, resiliency skills, early initiation of problem behaviors, and association with peers; (6) neighborhood attachment/bonding and opportunity for meaningful participation; (7) summary; (8) future steps to help further the understanding of LRE's potential roll in preventing delinquency and promoting positive youth development; and (9) concluding remarks. (Contains 62 references.) (BT)
Descriptors: Delinquency, Democracy, Law Related Education, Program Evaluation, Social Studies, Youth
American Bar Association/Division for Public Education, 541 North Fairbanks Court, Mail Station 15.3, Chicago, IL 60611-3314. Tel: 312-988-5735; Fax: 312-988-5494; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.abanet.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: American Bar Association, Chicago, IL. Public Education Div.