In response to a request from the Governor’s Office and the Office of the Attorney General, the Center for the Study of Youth Policy conducted a risk assessment analysis of juveniles committed to public training schools in the State of Mississippi. The study was funded by the Key Decision Maker Project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Researchers and consultants affiliated with the Center for the Study of Youth Policy visited a number of states throughout the U.S. and collected data on the youth then confined in juvenile training schools and youth correctional facilities. The data were used to construct population profiles of each state’s confined youth and then to calculate risk scores that ranked individual youth along a continuum from low risk to high risk. The profiles and risk analyses were presented to state officials as part of a project to consider the appropriate uses of juvenile corrections resources.
Due to a convergence of administrative leadership, organization, and political mobilization, Maryland was able to make the type of fundamental, structural change that often eludes other states. Although the events in Maryland were unique in some ways, the success of the Montrose closure may prove instructive for policymakers and administrators confronting over-burdened and unresponsive juvenile correctional systems in their own states.
The authors conducted a three-day site visit at the Fort Lauderdale detention facility in April 1988. Their report and recommendations were presented for distribution to the Juvenile Justice Key Decision Maker Project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.