Developing A Preliminary Juvenile Rehabilitation Program
The student should write a paper on a specific juvenile residential or institutional correctional rehabilitation program or develop a preliminary juvenile rehabilitation program covering all of the areas and questions noted on the syllabus outline for this assignment. Each section should be titled accordingly, i.e. Introduction, History and Scope of the Program, Description of Specific Program Elements, Community Reintegration, Strengths and Weaknesses of the Program and Summary and Conclusions.
The writing outline is included as an attachment.
Program Analysis Outline:
Introduction: Describe the purpose and scope of the paper. 10 points
History and Scope of the Program: Describe how the program is developed as well as identify its basic theoretical orientation, objectives, goals, and program elements. 15 points
Description of Specific Program Elements: This would include a description of each specific program element, the staff including their qualifications, duties and functions, and a description of the number and basic characteristics of residents in the program. A good question for the researcher to ask oneself is: “what is a typical day for the juvenile offender in this program?” Even placing a schedule of events and describing each one would be helpful.
Additionally, it is important to describe the tasks of each element in detail. For instance, if a juvenile has to go to individual counseling, what is done in this regard to help change criminal behavior and reduce recidivism? Also, any specifics of groups should be described, whether it is a behavior group, victim empathy group, living skills group, faith-based intervention, chemical dependency, or some sort of educational group. In the description of the program, it is important that the researcher identify how the behaviors of offenders are managed, i.e. what are the rules and consequences? (Be specific for specifically described behaviors).
How does the environment maintain safety? What is adequate supervision? What is the philosophy of safety? What are the security procedures and the system of rewards and sanctions? Is there a level system? If so, describe this and how decisions are made to progress in the level system.
What are the tools for youth to develop personal self-control over their behavior? How long is a typical stay in the program to reach the optimum treatment standards? Describe the educational program (GED etc.) and vocational skills development. Also, describe the religious element of the program, purpose, elements and how it is conducted. Are their specialized interventions for special needs youth (chemically dependent, emotionally disturbed, capital offenders, sex offenders etc.?) If so, describe. 15 points
Community Reintegration: How does the program provide for effective reintegration into the community? How does it provide follow-up support for maintaining progress? How does it facilitate youth becoming productive members of society? What further education/training, employment and help do youth receive? 15 points
Strengths and Weaknesses of the Program: Discuss the specific strengths of the program including the education and rehabilitative aspects indicating how the program is helpful. Provide reasons why certain elements are helpful including what research has found regarding the element in program effectiveness. Discuss the weaknesses of the program and, based on research and personal observation, show how the weaknesses may have not been helpful in other programs. Provide well thought out possible solutions for program enhancement taking into consideration costs. Staffing patterns and other criteria. 15 points
Summary and Conclusions: 10 points Briefly summarize your paper and discuss the program in light of effective program criterion mentioned in the text and other resources.
Reference Page: must include at least 2 peer-reviewed research based articles, and the textbook. 10 points
APA format: APA coverpage, general format (running head, page numbers), citations, etc. 10 points
Points Possible Points Achieved Introduction 10 History and Scope of Program 15 Description of Program Elements 15 Community Reintegration 15 Strengths & Weaknesses of Program 15 Summary/Conclusion 10 Reference Page 10 APA format 10 Total: 100