Last One over the Wall: The Massachusetts Experiment in Closing Reform Schools / Edition 1

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Overview

Last One over the Wall is an analytical and autobiographical account of Jerome G. Miller's tenure as head of the Massachusetts juvenile justice system, during which he undertook one of the most daring and drastic steps in recent juvenile justice history - he closed reformatories and returned juvenile offenders to community supervision and treatment by private schools and youth agencies. Filled with insights into juvenile and adult behavior in prison and outside, Miller's account provides a rare opportunity to view our juvenile justice system as a whole, including all the politics, economics, and social biases that come with it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814207581
  • Publisher: Ohio State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 279
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments
I Going to Massachusetts
1 Juvenile Justice Rhetoric 3
2 A Preview of Deinstitutionalization 16
3 Background 23
4 The Invitation 32
5 Punishment vs. Restoration 43
II A Brief Tour
6 Waiting Rooms 55
7 Warehouses 61
III Reforming Reform Schools
8 Finding a Direction 83
9 Reverberations 108
10 Anticipating the Worst 117
11 Doing Least Harm: Humane Institutions 132
IV The Alternative System
12 Deinstitutionalization 153
13 Community-based Alternatives 177
14 The Myth of "Violent" Teenagers 191
15 Side Effects: The County Training Schools 199
16 Backlash 204
17 Results: After Almost All Is Said and Done 218
V Ponderings on Criminals and Criminologists
18 Of Psychopaths and Allopaths 229
19 In Search of Aliens 240
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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