Commitment of Juveniles to Training Schools

Gideon Fishman, Ira Schwartz, Chang Ming Hsieh

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The study analyzes commitment rates to training schools, average length of stay and the facility utilization in the various states over the period 1979-1990. Based on a regression analysis of the data, we found that only the bed ratio, which is the number of beds per 100,000 eligible population, and average length of stay in training schools are significant in explaining the changes of commitment rate over the years. The paper focuses on the meaning of the variation between states on the commitment rate, the average length of stay and facility utilization might have in terms of correctional policy. There is also a discussion of our findings that the only significant variables in explaining commitment rate change were institutional variables that influence correctional policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)633-650
Number of pages18
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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