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Planning of New Institutions: Workshops for Juvenile Facilities

NCJ Number
Date Published
January 2001
2 pages
This paper examines planning for new secure juvenile facilities and renovating or expanding existing facilities.
The most effective interventions for juvenile offenders are comprehensive, community-based programs that provide a continuum of services and sanctions. These include prevention programming, a system of graduated sanctions, residential treatment, and aftercare. Secure confinement is the most costly and severe response to delinquency. Jurisdictions should ensure that alternatives to confinement are being used effectively and that new or expanded facilities are developed only when warranted. An important training program is Planning of New Institutions for Juvenile Facilities (Juvenile PONI) workshops. The Juvenile PONI workshops introduce operational, programming, and design concepts relevant to facility development and provide opportunities for participants to apply the concepts in creating action plans. They clearly define the unique characteristics that distinguish juveniles from adults and explore how those characteristics require that juvenile facilities be designed differently from adult facilities. Resources

Date Published: January 1, 2001