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http://ijo.sagepub.com Criminology Comparative Offender Therapy and International Journal of DOI: 10.1177/0306624X06291462 2007; 51; 348 Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol Michelle Inderbitzin Maximum-Security Facility A Look From the Inside: Balancing Custody and Treatment in a Juvenile http://ijo.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/51/3/348 The online version of this article can be found at: Published by: http://www.sagepublications.com can be found at: Criminology International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Additional services and information for http://ijo.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts Email Alerts: http://ijo.sagepub.com/subscriptions Subscriptions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.nav Reprints: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Permissions: http://ijo.sagepub.com/cgi/content/refs/51/3/348 SAGE Journals Online and HighWire Press platforms): (this article cites 11 articles hosted on the Citations © 2007 SAGE Publications. All rights reserved. Not for commercial use or unauthorized distribution. at EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIV on September 24, 2007 http://ijo.sagepub.com Downloaded from
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348 International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology Volume 51 Number 3 June 2007 348-362 © 2007 Sage Publications 10.1177/0306624X06291462 http://ijo.sagepub.com hosted at http://online.sagepub.com A Look From the Inside Balancing Custody and Treatment in a Juvenile Maximum-Security Facility Michelle Inderbitzin Oregon State University, Corvallis This article is based on an ethnographic study of a cottage for violent offenders in one state’s maximum-security training school. Staff members working in the cottage were the institution’s front line in its attempts to hold the youth accountable for their crimes while also trying to resocialize and rehabilitate young men who were growing up with few con- forming role models. As such, cottage staff members were put in the difficult position of juggling their roles as corrections officers, counselors, and surrogate parents. To effec- tively do their job, they had to find ways to balance the rhetoric of rehabilitation with the punitive reality of daily life in the institution. This article details the juvenile justice career paths of the staff members in the cottage and provides a sociological analysis of the roles, responsibilities, and interactions of the staff members with each other and with the young men in their care. Keywords: juvenile corrections; staff; custody; treatment; training school F or more than 150 years, the United States has sent its wayward and delinquent youth to reformatories and training schools with largely disappointing results (Feld, 1999). Although protecting the public is a clear goal of such institutions, the explicit hope that delinquent children will learn hard work and conforming values during their confinement was also strongly woven into the design of juvenile corrections (Platt, 1977). As “people-changing organizations,” juvenile correctional facilities generally
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