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Citation:  Hagner, D., Malloy, J.M., Mazzone, M.W., Cornier, G.M. (2008). Youth with disabilities in the criminal justice system. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 16 (4), 240-247.
Title:  Youth with disabilities in the criminal justice system
Authors:  Hagner, D., Malloy, J.M., Mazzone, M.W., Cornier, G.M.
Year:  2008
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Publisher:  Hammill Institute on Disabilities
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Peer-reviewed?  No
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Background:  In the United States an estimated 7, 1000,000 of the youth are annually confined in juvenile detention centers. A significant proportion of the incarcerated youth have disabilities ranging from 40%-70%. Emotional and learning disabilities are the two most prevalent disabilities experienced by the imprisoned youth.
Purpose:  Youth with disabilities transitioning under the juvenile justice system tackle significant challenges as they reenter the community from youth detention. This article presents the Nashua Youth Reentry Project which was based on the vital components of the Rehabilitation, Empowerment, Natural supports, Education and Work (RENEW), a transitional service model that has reported progressive , and positive results for youth with emotional, and behavioral disabilities.
Setting:  Nashua, New Hampshire
Study sample:  Over a course of three years 40 individuals entered the Nashua Youth Reentry Project. Participants were between the ages of 14 and 17 who were eligible for special education, and removed from their school and home due to a delinquency charge.
Intervention:  Vocational Rehabilitation
Data collection and analysis:  At the end of the third year the percentage of participants who positively reentered the community with no re-offense is 67.7 %( 27 out of 40 participants).
Findings:  The outcome of this project proposes that the service model can potentially achieve positive results for this specific population transitioning into the community.
Conclusions:  Revising the original model may be necessary in order to achieve higher successful outcomes.

Disabilities served:  Developmental disabilities
Learning disabilities
Populations served:  Adjudicated adults and youth
Interventions:  Vocational rehabilitation
Outcomes:  Other