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Towards a Strength-Based Juvenile Correctional Facility: Sustainability and Effects of an Institutional Transformation

NCJ Number
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation Volume: 51 Issue: 7 Dated: October 2012 Pages: 435-452
William H. Barton; Juliette R. Mackin
Date Published
October 2012
18 pages
This article reviews the administration of a State-run, secure juvenile correctional facility.
In 2006, the administration of a State-run, secure juvenile correctional facility initiated an attempt to transform its institutional culture using a strength-based approach to assessment and case planning. This resulted in a rapid improvement in institutional climate. The current study revisits this setting several years later to see if those improvements were sustained, if they have produced better outcomes for youth, and if the assessment and case planning practices demonstrate fidelity to the intended approach. Results suggest that the institutional climate remains greatly improved and that recidivism results are encouraging, but that implementation of the practice model could be strengthened. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.