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Juvenile Reentry System Essay

957 words - 4 pages

Isis Lee
English 101
Livingston
3/4/13

Juvenile Reentry System

"I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act", Bill Gates.

Recidivism is defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as the tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior. It is a term that is predominantly used when referring to criminal behavior. According to a study done by the Connecticut Department of Corrections in 2012, Out of 14,398 male inmates released from prison in 2005, 79% were re-arrested. These numbers begin to describe the continuing issue that the United States faces in ...view middle of the document...

Nothing changed except me. And if you want to know the truth, I am actually healither than my family right now. While I was locked up, I did all this work getting my (expletive) together while my mom and step-dad did nothing. All this time, they could have been doing something with my counselors, anything...Is it any wonder that nothing changes and I will likely end up back on the streets again within weeks or months of going home." (40)

This was and interview in the article that was conducted with a young man whom discusses reasons that led to incarceration after release; and the factors that contributed to it. He discussed the solutions of re-entry programs and the goals that are put in place to prevent re-entry into jail. The programs start once the person is convicted and continues on through out their prison time. However, the re-entry programs have not been succesfully working for many of the youth. The authors of this article conducted a study to determine some of the factors that contribute to failing re-entry programs. Some of the factors include lack of participation in the treatment plans by the families, the stability of the homes once the juveniles return home and post release programs that assist in rehabilitation.

"Instituitionalization risks and early family engagement. Research has established that lack of family evolvement before discharge and increased lengths of stay can increase recidivism. In the case of increased lengths of stay, there is a clear pattern of diminishing returns after six months of residential commitment. Therefore, a successful reentry system should use an evidence-based overlay treatment model that actively engages the family within the first weeks of the youth's placement and continues with the same treatment provider into post-discharge aftercare. The use of an earned release option is recommended whereby the youth and his or her family must demonstrate quantifiable, positive change before an early discharge...

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