ERIC Number: ED478556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-May-1
Addressing the Needs of Youth with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System: The Current Status of Evidence-Based Research.
Mears, Daniel P.; Aron, Laudan; Bernstein, Jenny
This report summarizes the state of knowledge about children and youth with disabilities at risk of delinquency or already involved with the juvenile justice system. It reviews the existing research as well as perspectives of service providers, administrators, policy makers, and advocates. Following an executive summary and introductory chapter, chapters address the following topics: (1) background; (2) data and methodology; (3) current laws and philosophical framework; (4) disability, delinquency, and juvenile justice; (5) risk and protective factors associated with juvenile delinquency; (6) program and policy trends; (7) promising practices and criteria/measures of effectiveness; (8) implementation of disability law and programs (barriers and facilitators); and (9) recommendations. Recommendations urge identifying a range of strategies to promote compliance with federal disability law for at-risk children and youth; increasing funding and/or resources to schools and the juvenile justice system; designating a single federal agency whose sole focus is the needs of youth with disabilities entering the juvenile justice system; conducting research on the true prevalence of youth with disabilities across all stages of the juvenile justice system; and conducting an assessment to determine what programs and policies are most effective in schools, communities, and the juvenile justice system. Five appendices provide additional detail and list resources. (Contains approximately 200 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Children, Delinquency, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Incidence, Intervention, Juvenile Justice, Policy Formation, Prevention, Program Effectiveness, Public Policy, Research and Development, Theory Practice Relationship, Trend Analysis
National Council on Disability, 1331 F St., N.W., Suite 1020, Washington, DC 20004. Tel: 202-272-2004; Tel: 202-272-2074 (TTY); Fax: 202-171-2022; Web site: http://www.ncd.gov. For full text: http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/pdf/juvenile.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Disability, Washington, DC.
Note: Assistance provided by Ruth M. White.