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Criminal Justice Magazine
Spring 2000
Vol. 15, Issue 1


The approach in this article is fully consistent with the major elements of an effective delinquency prevention and control program as developed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice. In its publication, OJJDP Research: Making a Difference for Juveniles (August 1999), at 2, it sets forth such elements as:

  • supporting the family as a child's first and primary teacher;
  • enhancing the role of core institutions (e.g., schools, businesses, religious institutions) in developing capable, mature, and responsible youth;
  • recognizing that delinquency prevention is the most cost-effective approach in combating youth crime;
  • intervening immediately and effectively when delinquent behavior first occurs;
  • establishing a system of graduated sanctions that responds to the needs of each juvenile offender while providing for community safety;
  • targeting the small segment of serious, violent, and chronic juvenile offenders who commit a disproportionately high percentage of violent juvenile crime; placing them in secure facilities if necessary; and providing intensive aftercare services.

-Arthur Burnett, Sr.