Medium-security adult institution
This paper defines several issues that administrators and managers in a juvenile justice called the Forward Correctional Justice. This paper not only defines the important problems faced by this justice but also comes up with a strategic plan to resolve them or make them easier by addressing objectives and creating vision and mission statements.
The name of the juvenile facility, as mentioned in the introduction section of this essay, is Forward Correctional Justice. The services that this center brings to young offenders are many (similar to other facilities). The distinctive feature of this correctional system is that it is humane and kind unlike many others because we believe that this is the best way to treat.
The facility is not as large as the others in neighboring areas. Therefore, the number of uniformed personnel and other staff members is relatively smaller. There are a total of two hundred and twelve employees out of which a hundred and forty six are uniformed and armed personnel. The rest of the sixty six are other staff members whose jobs range from paperwork to cleaning the facility.
The population served by the Forward Correctional Justice is young (male and/or female) offenders, ranging from 15 to 22 years, who have committed crimes out of ignorance, crimes that can be forgiven and can be handled with legal assistance.
The programs offered are conferences that are held by the police and court to help these juveniles learn. In order to educate them even more about life and its ethical values, important personalities from different areas and expertise are called upon to give seminars on such issues. The services offered include caring for these young offenders and overseeing them in the hope to make them better human beings. This is done by offering them civil right and enforcing these rights with the help of attorneys.
There are a number of issues dealt by administrators at such institutions ranging from crowding to mentally ill criminals to unclean and non-standardized environment. The Forward Juvenile Justice has to deal with such problems.
The major one here is crowding. Since the facility itself is relatively smaller and with the employee numbers of two hundred and twelve, it becomes a little crowded with lawyers, criminals, and other people walking its premises. Complaints, rather taunts, by criminals themselves have been noted about their cells being ‘tiny and packed’. They feel that they have to share their private space with many more people than they deserve. There is an average of four people in each cell. (Rosenbaum, S.H., 1999)
Another problem at Forward is the number of psychologically distressed and challenged juveniles. This is entirely understandable since the people who enter here are young. They go through traumatic experiences, or peer-pressure or other problems associated with doing abnormal things and committing crimes at such a tender age. To go through these problems and then to be ‘punished’ for it makes many of them mentally ill. Other problems associated with such juveniles are also intense such as suicidal activities, rage, and loss of appetite. (Rosenbaum, S.H., 1999)
The final major issue is their need for education and attention. This is because we at forward believe that children are valuable to a nation like ours. Our future is in their hands. Even if they have offended a certain constitution, it is still equally important to nurture them like other children of their age who attend public and private schools. Besides, education is bound to give them sense about the world and the things in it that really matter. The problem is they lose this once they enter such facilities, and secondly, some of them don’t even feel the need tp acquire whatever is offered to them by the institution.
Before starting off any strategic plan, it is important to know what our focus and purpose should be and our mission statement and vision statement will give us this focus. The mission statement (purpose of existence) at Forward is ‘to educate and care for the unfortunate’. Our vision is to see these children educated so that a proportion of their problems such as psychological distress, and ignorance can be overcome.
Our objectives are simple. We want to achieve a level where all of the issues mentioned above don’t exist. Therefore, our objective is to get rid of the problems this facility faces.
To address the first problem of crowding, the board has suggested and has come up with a renovation and an extension plan for the facility. Since, it is built in the desert areas of the west, there is space for it to extend. This is expected to take around eighteen months to complete. Also, for a small number of juvenile offenders in any facility, there will be an involvement of the justice system to secure space confinement (Juvenile Justice Bulletin, 2001). This will also be concentrated on.
To overcome the second problem of mentally ill juveniles, counseling sessions with a psychologist are offered to them. This, however, seems to be not enough since juveniles back out of it offended by the thought of being called ‘crazy’. To really help them, these sessions will have to be made imperative for all mentally distressed juveniles and they will be monitored by uniformed guards till the psychologist takes charge. Seminars on the issue itself will be given to help them see how understandable their situation is.
Finally, to educate the juveniles, special seminars are held already. To extend this program, the board is thinking of teaching them basic subjects such as math. Two important subjects that are thought to make even barbarians civilized; literature and history will be taught as well ao they can learn.
And lastly, a monitoring system will be needed to ensure that all these objectives are addressed as hoped by the administration. This will be done with the help of uniformed men and surveillance cameras. This is not a very effective system but it is all the facility can do at the moment since they do not wish to negatively reinforce behavior.
1. Rosenbaum, S.H. (1999). Remarks of Steven H. Rosenbaum. Retrieved on July 14, 2008, from Juvenile Justice Speech. Website: http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/split/documents/juvspeech.htm
2. (2001). Space Needs and System Decision-making. Retrieved on July 14, 2008, from Juvenile Justice Bulletin. Website: http://www.ncjrs.gov/html/ojjdp/jjbul2001_3_1/page1.html