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ERIC Number: EJ1088837
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1525-1810
Prerelease Planning and Practices for Youth with Disabilities in Juvenile Detention
Mathur, Sarup R.; Clark, Heather Griller
Journal of Special Education Leadership, v26 n2 p82-92 Sep 2013
Many youth in detention facilities come from vulnerable home environments where factors such as economic pressures, abuse, neglect, and parental incarceration are constantly operating within the family system. A vast majority of these youth have not had positive school experiences and many of them experience special needs and mental health issues. This paper describes a detention-based transition planning process for youth with disabilities in two facilities in a southwestern state. Five evidenced-based transition components were identified as critical for promoting youth success after release. At least one or more of these five components were implemented with 761 youth with disabilities in two detention facilities over 3 years. The findings indicate that after receiving prerelease transition programming, youth with disabilities increased their engagement in school, work, and rehabilitation services and decreased the rate at which they returned to detention. Importance of leadership support, establishment of systems and policies to facilitate this programming, and fidelity of implementation are highlighted as essential ingredients for success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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