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Method for Measuring Organizational Functioning in Juvenile Justice Facilities Using Resident Ratings

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice and Behavior Volume: 37 Issue: 11 Dated: November 2010 Pages: 1255-1277
Date Published
November 2010
23 pages
This article offers an empirically based framework for assessing organizational climate in facilities housing serious young offenders based on youth self-reports.
Institutional care is an enduring component of the continuum of care in the juvenile justice system, yet youth perceptions of the placement experience are often overlooked as a source of information about this practice. Little attention is paid to how institutional placements are received by youth as opposed to how they are conceived by the justice system. The current study provides evidence that juvenile offenders can provide reliable and internally consistent ratings regarding several dimensions of an institution's environment, using straightforward and relatively easily administered instruments. This work lays the foundation for the development of methods for ongoing monitoring of juvenile justice facilities and the testing of whether aspects of the environments of these facilities affect the subsequent community adjustment of their residents. Tables, figure, notes, and references (Published Abstract)

Date Published: November 1, 2010