Meeting the challenges posed by youthful offenders.The Closing Plenary session Plenary session is a term often used in s to define the part of the conference when all members of all parties are in attendance.
These sessions may contain a broad range of content from Keynotes to Panel Discussions and are not necessarily related to a specific style of delivery. of the 128th Congress of Correction in Detroit provided a thought-provoking discussion of one of the most difficult and pressing problems facing the corrections profession today - how to deal with youthful offenders youthful offenders n. under-age people accused of crimes, who are processed through a juvenile court and juvenile detention or prison facilities. In most states a youthful offender is under the age of 18. . As newly appointed ACA ACA - Application Control Architecture President Richard Stalder said while introducing the session, "There is not a single element of corrections that does not have to deal with violent youthful offenders ... no segment of the profession has all of the answers."
John J. Wilson, deputy administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (or OJJDP) is an office of the United States Department of Justice and a component of the Office of Justice Programs. (OJJDP OJJDP Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (federal agency) ), U.S. Department of Justice, provided a statistical overview of the issue. He noted that youthful offenders today are younger and more violent than ever; there are more young female offenders; the racial makeup of offenders has changed; and the courts are imparting tougher sentences. "We know more today than we did five years ago about how to stop violence," Wilson said, adding that the budget for OJJDP has grown from $87 million six years ago to more than $511 million today. "Kids today are not different than they were 20 years ago. Society, however, has changed," Wilson concluded. "We cannot waive and build our way out of the problem. Skills and hope are the keys for these kids."
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Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop. Division of Youth Services Gwen Chunn gave her perspective as a juvenile practitioner. She stressed how, over the course of her career, popular beliefs have changed regarding the proper way to handle young offenders A young offender is a person of either gender who has been convicted or cautioned for a criminal offence. Criminal justice systems often deal with young offenders differently from adult offenders, but different countries apply the term 'young offender' to different age groups . "Those on the adult custody side of our profession have a good handle on security issues," Chunn said. "At the same time, those of us in juvenile corrections have an understanding of rehabilitation rehabilitation: see physical therapy. and how to turn these young people into better citizens. Our challenge is to learn from one another to accomplish this task."
Chief Judge Henry Politz of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reminded the audience that the more things change, the more they stay the same. He praised the profession for having the courage and wisdom to address such a tough issue that has no easy answers. "The corrections profession must make its voice heard by legislators and other decision-makers about what needs to be done," Politz said. "If that is the case, then there will he good times ahead."
The session was well-attended by members of the field involved in both adult and juvenile corrections. The audience left with the challenge to do more to learn from one another and to share the findings from research in their respective specialties.
James Turpin is ACA's legislative liaison.