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Legal Primer for Special Educators in Juvenile Corrections: From Idea to Current Class Action Lawsuits

NCJ Number
Journal of Correctional Education Volume: 64 Issue: 2 Dated: May 2013 Pages: 63-74
David B. Leitch, M.Ed., J.D.
Date Published
May 2013
12 pages
This article reviews current laws and statutes dealing with the provision of special education services in juvenile correctional systems.
Without question, servicing the needs of incarcerated youth can be challenging. Not only is the average juvenile a complex individual with multiple needs but the facility itself is a composite of trained professionals that must work together to produce a juvenile able to successfully reenter society. Policies enacted to achieve this goal cannot be created within a vacuum. A thorough understanding of the relationship between program policy and legal concerns cannot be overlooked. In this article, a review of pertinent statutes and case law impacting the delivery of special education services within the juvenile correctional system is provided. The analysis then segues into the educational results that emerge when those requirements are not met. (Published Abstract)