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Alternatives to the Secure Detention and Confinement of Juvenile Offenders
(NCJ 208804) September 2005
OJJDP Juvenile Justice Practices Series, Bulletin, 41 page(s)
Austin, J., Johnson, K.D., Weitzer, R.
 
Recommends developing objective, valid, and reliable tools to make placement decisions among alternative programs and expanding the existing range of alternatives for juvenile offenders. According to this Juvenile Justice Practice Series Bulletin, secure detention and confinement should be an option of last resort only for serious, violent, and chronic offenders and for those who repeatedly fail to appear for scheduled court dates and are almost never appropriate for status offenders and certain other small groups of offenders. It is the large group of offenders who fall in the middle in terms of the seriousness of their crimes that prove challenging to the juvenile justice system.
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