Checking Up on Juvenile Justice Facilities: A Best Practices Guide

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Conditions and services in juvenile justice facilities can improve through education, advocacy and encouragement from activists, according to this planning guide. The guide reviews key problems in juvenile justice facilities, highlights measures to address those problems and suggests resources for implementing change. One effective measure: regular tours of juvenile facilities, which the guide explains how to organize and conduct. Research came from five facilities that have effectively implemented improvements. 21 pages. Free. National Mental Health Association, 2001 N. Beauregard St., 12th floor, Alexandria, VA 22311. (800) 969-6642,, look under “New NMHA Publications.”

– Mary Tess Driver, Della Mosley, Andrew Beadle, Patrick Boyle