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Decarceration and Child Care - The Case of Observation and Assessment Centres

NCJ Number
Howard Journal of Criminal Justice Volume: 23 Issue: 3 Dated: (October 1984) Pages: 138-157
J Pratt
Date Published
20 pages
This article provides an examination of recent policy developments and the critical history relating to observation and assessment centres.
It seeks to highlight some of the practical issues and difficulties that might be caused by a general move towards decarceration and deinstitutionalization in this field (from residential to community-based assessments) and to place these matters in the general contex to theoretical debates in penology and the sociology of punishment. (Author abstract)