ERIC Number: ED471035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Addressing Invisible Barriers: Improving Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System. Monograph Series on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice.
Osher, David; Quinn, Mary Magee; Kendziora, Kimberly; Woodruff, Darren; Rouse, Gerald
This monograph introduces a series on youth with cognitive or behavioral disabilities and the juvenile justice system. The first section discusses the importance of prevention and early intervention to divert youth with disabilities from entering the justice system. It offers examples of such efforts and considers early and later intervention efforts, the importance of family involvement, assessment and evaluation, protective factors to enhance prevention, and prevention and sensitivity in the individual. The second section considers the various disabilities that put youth at greater risk for involvement with the juvenile justice system, especially learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, and attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder. The third section discusses the path a youth takes on his or her way through the juvenile justice system. The section addresses issues of co-morbidity, barriers in the justice system, custody/detention, initial appearances, prosecution filing decisions/diversion, cognitive and behavioral disabilities and trial issues, adjudication hearing/trial, post adjudication evaluations, dispositions/sentences, revocations/further dispositions, and training of judges, lawyers and others. The last section provides a brief description of the contents of each of the other six monographs in the series. Stressed throughout the monograph is the mission of the juvenile justice system, to protect and rehabilitate youth in trouble, not merely to punish them. (Contains 68 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Disorders, Court Litigation, Delinquency Prevention, Disabilities, Early Intervention, Juvenile Courts, Juvenile Justice, Learning Disabilities, Legal Problems, Legal Responsibility, Mental Retardation
EDJJ Monographs, College of Education - EDSP, University of Maryland, 1308 Benjamin Building, College Park, MD 20742-1161 (Individual copies, $3.50; Complete set of 7 monographs, $24). Tel: 301-405-6462; Fax: 301-314-5757; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.edjj.org. For full text: http://cecp.air.org/juvenilejustice/docs/Addressing%20Invisible%20Barriers.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Correctional Education.; Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.; Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC. Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice.; National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice, College Park, MD.
Note: Written with John Firman. Support also provided by the National Institute for Literacy, the National Association of Parks and Recreation, and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.