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ERIC Number: EJ974801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0740-2708
The Status of Education in Pre-Trial Juvenile Detention
Koyama, Perie Reiko
Journal of Correctional Education, v63 n1 p35-68 Apr 2012
While considerable research has been conducted on educational practices and programming for incarcerated youth, significantly less attention has been given to short-term detained youth. The high transience of pre-adjudicated youth, legal protections pending trial, and varying levels of collaboration with correctional personnel have made it challenging to thoroughly examine the educational status of juvenile detention centers. This study presents the first national survey to focus exclusively on programming for detained youth. A sample of 340 administrators from juvenile detention centers in 47 states responded to an online survey. Although 96.2% of facilities were reportedly required by law to provide educational services to resident youth, the quality of programming differed greatly across regions and individual centers. Less than 7% of programs were accredited by the American Correctional Association and only 66.9% reported participating in No Child Left Behind (NCLB) assessments. Nearly three-quarters did not always receive students' academic records and more than 20% did not systematically develop or use individualized education plans (IEPs). Fewer than half of programs offered transitional services for exiting students. Open-ended response data indicated that the rapid mobility of students, highly diverse learning needs, and general lack of resources pose the biggest challenges for providers. Additional findings and recommendations are presented. (Contains 8 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001