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Draft: Juvenile Firesetter/Arson Control and Prevention Program, Volume I: Guidelines for Implementation and Volume II: Resource Materials

NCJ Number
J Gaynor; R Hersch; R Cook; J Roehl
Date Published
352 pages
These volumes present guidelines for a prototype program designed to reduce juvenile involvement in the entire range of unsupervised fireplay, firesetting, and arson activities.
The guidelines were developed as part of a 2-year program designed to assess, develop, test, and disseminate information on promising approaches for the control and prevention of these problems. The materials are based on awareness that juvenile firesetting and arson are committed more out of ignorance than malice by youths who are more troubled than criminal. However, some fires are set by delinquents with histories of crime and violence and require firm action by the justice system. The prototype program has the following seven components: (1) program management; (2) screening, evaluating, and developing the intervention plan; (3) intervention services; (4) referral mechanisms; (5) publicity and outreach; (6) monitoring systems; and (7) developing relationships with the justice system. The components are designed to be flexible; their implementation will differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Jurisdictions may also use selected components to augment an existing program. Resource lists, sample program materials, forms, and checklists