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Identifying and Implementing a Continuum of Detention Alternatives (From Jurisdictional Teams: Strategic Planning Master Notebook With Participant Information Enclosed, 2001, NJDA Center for Research and Professional Development, ed. -- See NCJ-190667)

NCJ Number
Paul DeMuro
Date Published
September 2001
52 pages
This section of the "Strategic Planning Master Notebook" contains a lesson plan for a training workshop module on the identification and implementation of a continuum of detention alternatives for juveniles, along with participant supplementary materials.
Module performance objectives are to define and identify detention alternatives; to list the critical principles to consider prior to the development of detention alternatives; to outline alternative detention programs in the continuum; and to initiate a plan for the development of detention alternatives in participants' jurisdictions. In addition to the listing of module performance objectives, the lesson plan describes instructional methods/techniques and lists instructor materials as well as equipment and supplies needed. An outline of the module content addresses detention alternatives under the following topics: the need for effective detention alternatives, critical principles regarding the development of alternatives, and a continuum of detention alternative models. The latter include home or community detention, day/evening reporting centers, residential alternatives, host homes/foster care, and post-dispositional alternatives. In discussing the decision making process, the module focuses on program issues, operation and management issues, and the identification of jurisdictional needs. Supplementary material for participants includes a paper on home detention as the foundation of the detention continuum and a 44-item annotated bibliography on graduated sanctions.