Juvenile detention: The hidden closets revisited

Ira M. Schwartz, Gideon Fishman, Radene Rawson Hatfield, Barry A. Krisberg, Zvi Eisikovits

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This is the first national study of juvenile detention in more than a decade. The findings indicate that these facilities are undergoing a fundamental and substantial change. The consensus of professional opinion as well as recommendations from national standard-setting bodies indicate that juvenile detention centers should be reserved for those youth who present a clear and substantial threat to the community and who need to be confined until they appear in court. Now these facilities are assuming an added function by serving as short-term commitment options for juvenile court judges. In addition, the study found that the excessive use of detention continues to be a major problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-235
Number of pages16
JournalJustice Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1987

Bibliographical note

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Detention does not deserve to be a major part in the juvenile justice process. It should be brief, terribly selective, and modest in its aims. If the rest of the system behaves, it should almost disappear.., detention should not be, as * Funding for this research was provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Blandin Foundation, and the Northwest Area Foundation. The Humphrey Institute of the University of Minnesota and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency are hospitable to a diversity of opinions and aspirations. The Humphrey Institute does not itself take positions on issues of public policy. The contents of this report are the responsibility of its authors.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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