Short Term Confinement Facilities

Short Term Confinement Facilities
Juvenile detention centers are meant for young offenders awaiting trial
and also for those who have been sentenced by a juvenile court. The
sentences are reserved for the most dangerous offenders. Before the
creation of courts, the young offenders were detained in places like a
house of refuge, industrial schools and reformatories. Juvenile
detention centers were inaugurated at the beginning of the 19th century.
Child savers and officials were confident that the centers were the
antidote to juvenile deviance (Siegel & Welsh, 2011).
The juvenile corrections systems in the United States confine youth, in
different types of facilities including group homes, residential
treatment centers, boot camps, wilderness programs and county-run youth
facilities (Siegel & Welsh, 2011). The youth held in short-term
correctional facilities are about 63% of the total. The juveniles can
also be detained in juvenile hall in an effort to protect the community
from being offended in the future and also while waiting for a court
hearing (Bartolla & Miller, 2011). Another short term confinement
facility is the community based programs which are considered to be more
effective than the traditional correctional programs. The community
based program involves offering training to the juveniles and also
sending them to school (Bartolla & Miller, 2011).
The juvenile courts have a variety of sentencing options for those who
have violated the law. They can order temporary detention, which is
meant for short term stay (Bartolla & Miller, 2011). As part of the
order, the juveniles are supposed to attend counseling. They are
assigned a probation officer who monitors the juvenile according to the
court’s disposition order (Siegel & Welsh, 2011). The concept is
always considering being successful when the juveniles start to lead a
new life without any imprisonment (Bartolla & Miller, 2011).
Bartollas, C., & Miller, S. (2011) Juvenile justice in America (6th
ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ:
Pearson Education.
Siegel, L. J. & Welsh, B. C. (2011) Juvenile Deliquency: Theory,
Practice and Law (11th ed).
Stamford: Cengage Learning.

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