ERIC Number: EJ794517
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Reference Count: 38
Perceptions of Successful Graduates of Juvenile Residential Programs: Reflections and Suggestions for Success
Mincey, Barrett; Maldonado, Nancy; Lacey, Candace H.; Thompson, Steve D.
Journal of Correctional Education, v59 n1 p8-31 Mar 2008
This qualitative study conducted in urban Miami, Florida, explored the essence of juvenile delinquency and recidivism: its causes, its relations to communities, the roles of families, and the myriad roles of residential treatment programs at rehabilitating young offenders. Data were collected from nine young adult participants who had satisfied their court-ordered sanctions in different residential facilities. Data were analyzed to discover themes, patterns, or clusters of meanings. Several themes and sub-themes emerged. These included overcoming patterns of delinquent behaviors, facing challenges of remaining focused and goal-oriented, and providing suggestions for young offenders as well as recommendations for change to correctional leaders and accounts of successes and failures. Implications are included for lawmakers, criminologists, and juvenile justice administrators as measures for reducing juvenile delinquency and recidivism.
Descriptors: Recidivism, Delinquency, Correctional Rehabilitation, Residential Programs, Young Adults, Institutionalized Persons, Attitudes, Experience, Graduates, Juvenile Justice, Interviews, Achievement Need, Punishment, Family Relationship, Goal Orientation, Self Actualization, Peer Influence, Success, Failure
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Florida