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Resource Materials for the October 12, 2003 Institute

Perspectives on Serving Young Offenders with Disabilities: Litigating and Organizing Systemic Change

The following resource materials have been listed here as a resource for those attending our institute. Reading these articles and browsing these Web sites will help you prepare for the institute, but is not necessary for participation in the institute.


Web Sites

Education, Disability, and Juvenile Justice Center
http://www.edjj.org/
The National Center on Education, Disability, and Juvenile Justice is a collaborative research, training, technical assistance and dissemination program designed to develop more effective responses to the needs of youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system or those at-risk for involvement with the juvenile justice system. This site provides research, publications, a calendar of training events, parent support, and more.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
http://www.ojjdp.gov/
The OJJDP Web site is designed to provide information and resources on both general areas of interest about juvenile justice and delinquency including conferences, funding opportunities, and new publications and the comprehensive strategy as a framework for communities to combat youth crime. The site includes information about OJJDP, the latest facts and figures on juvenile justice, delinquency prevention, violence, and victimization; publications, conferences, programs, and more.


Articles

Addressing the Needs of Youth with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System: The Current Status of Evidence-Based Research (May 2003). National Council on Disability.
http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/2003/juvenile.html
This report summarizes and assesses the state of knowledge about children and youth with disabilities who are at risk of delinquency and involvement in, or who have already entered, the juvenile justice system. By highlighting what is known about addressing delinquency and the diverse needs of this population, it aims to inform policy discussions among policymakers, practitioners, and researchers.


PDF fileMental Health and the Schools: What Educators Need to Know (1999). Prepared by Will Dikel for the Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning. See below on Downloading PDF documents.
http://www.nasponline.org/advocacy/MentalHealth.PDF
School districts in Minnesota and around the United States are facing increasing challenges in serving children and adolescents who have mental health problems. This manual is designed to help educators appreciate the nature and scope of the mental health disorders that affect children and adolescents, and to aid them in program planning and development in order to best suit the student's needs. The primary goal is to help educators understand the underlying sources of problems that lead to the dysfunctional emotional and behavioral manifestations in the classroom. With a better grasp of the students problems, educational and behavioral interventions can then be tailored in a much more specific and effective manner to meet the student's needs.

Students with Disabilities in Correctional Facilities (December 2001)
ERIC EC Digest #E621
Authors: Mary M. Quinn, Robert B. Rutherford, and Peter E. Leone
http://ericec.org/digests/e621.html
Youth with disabling conditions are overrepresented in juvenile correctional facilities (Burrell & Warboys, 2000). Many special educators, parents, and advocates are interested in ensuring that these youth receive the education and related services to which they are entitled under federal and state statutes. Until recently, however, the nature and extent of overrepresentation, the educational services provided, and the credentials of teachers in juvenile corrections have not been adequately examined.

The Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice, in collaboration with the National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice (CECP/EDJJ), recently completed a national survey of the prevalence of youth with disabilities in juvenile detention, and in juvenile and adult correctional facilities in the United States. Preliminary analysis of findings from the survey of public and private facilities and state agencies sheds light on the status of education services to youth with disabilities in juvenile detention, and in juvenile and adult correctional facilities (Quinn, Rutherford, Wolford, Leone, & Nelson, 2001). This digest presents the survey's major findings on the prevalence of students with disabilities in correctional facilities and the educational and related services offered to them.

Special Education and the Juvenile Justice System
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
by Sue Burrell and Loren Warboys
http://www.ncjrs.org/html/ojjdp/2000_6_5/contents.html
This Digest provides preliminary analysis of findings from a national survey examining the nature and extent of the overrepresentation of youth with disabilities in juvenile and adult corrections, the educational and related services available to incarcerated youth, and the credentials of teachers in correctional facilities. The survey was conducted by the Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice and the National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice.

Snyder, H.N. 2002 (November). Juvenile Arrests 2000. Bulletin. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Provides a summary and an analysis of national and State juvenile arrest data presented in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report Crime in the United States 2000. As the Bulletin reports, juvenile violent crime arrests, which increased through the mid-1980s and early 1990s, have maintained their steady decline for the sixth consecutive year. The juvenile arrest rate for violent crime in 2000 was 41% below its peak in 1994, reaching its lowest level in 14 years. The juvenile arrest rate for murder dropped 74% from its peak in 1993 to its lowest level since the 1960s. Indeed, the number of juvenile arrests in each of the categories tracked by the FBI in its Violent Crime Index (murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) has declined once again.


Downloading PDF Documents

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