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School Behind Bars: Lessons Learned from Education in the Juvenile Justice System
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Education: A Vital Component of Rehabilitation One of the most effective ways to help young people in juvenile justice get back on track is by advancing their educational skills. - The National Center on Education,  Juvenile Justice, and Disability 
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Words to Know Juvenile Delinquent – Any unmarried person under the age of eighteen who has been found guilty of committing a criminal offense. Incarceration - The detention of a person in jail, prison, or other detention center. Recidivism – Repetition of criminal behavior by an offender previously convicted and punished for an offense. The “rate of recidivism” is a measure of effectiveness for detention programs
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The Problem Detention and confinement facilities frequently provide an education that is substantially inferior to public school programs. School program and security functions have to compete for limited resources. Due to transfers and release, youth in custody tend to live a transient lifestyle.
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The Consequences A majority of juvenile delinquents do not receive high school diplomas. Up to 2/3 of youth will be rearrested Most incarcerated test two or more years below grade level.
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Improving the System: Best Practices Distance Learning Character Based Literacy Vocational Training Family Involvement
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Distance Learning Distance Learning – using technology to develop an educational program where the instructor does not need to be physically present in order for learning to take place. Technologies Utilized Print Audio Computer Video The Benefits: Equally or more effective than traditional instruction Flexibility in the schedule so that students can begin/end programs on their own timetable Easily individualized to accommodate varying learning styles and paces.
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Model Program: Corrections Learning Network Provides free educational programming to correctional institutions Currently serves approximately 150 institutions nationwide Courses focus on 6 th through 8 th grade mathematics and science Special series devoted to job training
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Literacy More than one-third of all juvenile offenders (median age 15.5 years) read below the fourth-grade level. Why literacy is vital to rehabilitating delinquents? Increases overall language and communication skills Provides access to new and diverse experiences Encourages critical thinking Teachers offenders to identify with others Effective literacy programs lower recidivism rates by at least 20% “literature encourages criminal offenders to empathize with others and to understand their inner selves, their motives and behavior” – Robert Waxler
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Model Program: Character Based Literacy (CBL) Combines character education and standards-based literacy Literature selections focus on themes such as respect, responsibility, and integrity. Sample Literature Selections:
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2012 for the course HIST 3373B taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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