PROJECT SUMMARY FOR 2001-IJ-CX-0014
An Assessment of the Special Programming and Management Needs of Youthful Offenders Sentenced to Adult Correctional Facilities. The proposed project investigates the impacts and consequences of the increasing incarceration of youthful offenders in the criminal justice system. (1) Are the population of youths and young adult offenders (i.e., youthful offenders) incarcerated in the criminal justice system "high risk" and "special needs" populations, and how do they differ from those of the adult population of offenders? Statistical profiles will be developed to allow comparison of three groups sentenced to TDCJ: youths under 17 years of age, young adults age 17 to 21, and adults age 22 and older. (2) What specific behavioral and institutional management problems and challenges are posed by incarcerating youthful offenders in the criminal justice system, including their adjustment to adult prison life, and preparation for eventual release and reintegration into society? Research strategies include analysis of prison adjustment data, conducting semi-structured interviews with staff and administrators, and administering a survey of line staff working with youthful offenders.