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 Article of Interest - Juvenile Justice

Monograph Series on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice

Monday Bulletin on Services to Youth, August 5, 2002


This monograph series is a resource that is provided to increase awareness and understanding of the key issues related to youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system, and youth who are at risk of court involvement. The information in the monographs will be useful for practitioners involved in system-level or facility-level administrative planning, personnel recruitment and development of intervention programs for youth requiring special education services in the justice system, as well as researcher, advocates and family members.
Each of these monographs is $3.50, which includes postage and handling costs. Order all seven monographs for $24.00. For ordering information:

Monographs and Contents
Addressing Invisible Barriers: Improving Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System (David Osher, Jerry Rous, Mary Quinn, Kimberly Kandiziora, & Darren Woodruff)

Many factors affect juvenile justice outcomes. One factor that is not often addressed is disability, which can place youth at greater risk for contact with the justice system, and for poor outcomes once they are involved with the courts. This monograph addresses the need for disability-specific approach to making adjudication and placement decisions for children and youth.

Advocating for Children with Cognitive Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System (Carl E. Smith, Joan Esposito, & Soliel Gregg)

This monograph addresses the critical role of advocacy for youth with disabilities, including the challenges involved in helping professionals, family members, and youth understand the connection between disabilities and problematic behavior. The authors suggest eight principles to guide advocacy for this group of youth. These principles are designed to help reduce the rise of initial entry into the justice system, and to increase and improve services for incarcerated youth.

Best Practices for Serving Court-involved Youth with Learning, Attention and Behavioral Disabilities (Katherine A. Larson & K. David Turner)

This monograph describes best practices and model programs for reducing delinquency and preventing recidivism. Because of the connection between disability and delinquency, it is likely that a significant proportion of court-involved youth will manifest social skill deficits. The authors identify effective social skill interventions that are skill-based, use positive discipline, teach self-control, social cognitive skills and problem solving, and which involve the youth's family.

Collaboration with the Juvenile Justice System and Youth Serving Agencies: Improving Prevention, Providing More Efficient Services, a Reducing Recidivism for Youth with Disabilities (Peter E. Leone, Mary Quinn, & David Osher)

This monograph explains the role of collaboration among education, mental health, child welfare, recreation and youth development, law enforcement, disability organizations, and juvenile justice in improving services for court-involved youth. The authors suggest strategies for implementing positive and proactive approaches to preventing delinquency through a three-tiered model that includes primary, secondary and tertiary prevention activities.

Corrections and Juvenile Justice: Current Education Practice for Youth with Learning and Other Disabilities (Ken Howell & Bruce Wolford)

The authors describe youth placed in the juvenile justice system, the educational services they receive, and the quality of those services. The monograph also describes specific recommendations for improving services to incarcerated children and youth with disabilities. Recommendations for better assessment, instruction, and curricular practices are discussed, as well as recommended improvements in system leadership and financial support at the state level.

The Role of Recreation in Preventing Youth with Behavioral and Cognitive Disabilities from Coming into Contact with the Juvenile Justice System and Preventing Recidivism (David K. Howard & Lorraine C. Peniston)
Research suggests that youth involved in, or at risk for involvement in the justice system benefit from participation in community parks and recreation programs. The authors describe recreation and therapeutic recreation programs specifically designed to address the intensive needs of at-risk youth with disabilities.

Youth with Disabilities in the Correctional System: Prevalence Rates and Identification Issues (Robert B. Rutherford, Jr., Michael Bullis, Cindy Wheeler Anderson & Heather M. Griller-Clark)

The authors discuss reasons why youth with cognitive, behavioral and emotional disabilities enter the correctional system at rates four to five times greater than their representation in the general population. Prevalence rates and identification issues are examined as a starting point for planning and implementing effective services and supports.

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