The program that I wish to present is the Louisiana Model for Secure Care which is used to identify the best juvenile intervention method. The program comprises individuals from the Casey Strategic Consulting Group as well as Missouri Youth Service. In essence, the program is personalized in Louisiana and as such is considered one of a kind. Its primary objective is to promote a buddy system for the juveniles so that they can team in small groups thereby preparing for good lives after they are released from prison. The program has changed its name to Swanson-Monroe Reform School also known as Louisiana Training Institute but remains committed to the designated purpose of reform.
The immediate goal of the program is to reduce juvenile recidivism. It offers an avenue where the juveniles can interact with liberal individuals in a strategy that will prove essential to help in their transition to society. Implementing the program is not as easy as sounds. There are challenges such as a shortage of adequately trained personnel and under-funding that limit the efficiency of the program.
Onward, the program benefits not only the delinquents but also the community at large. The positive impact of the program on society is that it allows people to familiarize themselves with its operations so that they fill they are part of the beautiful things happening to the delinquents. Not only that, the delinquents are trained on how to perform duties without getting into any trouble that may hurt other people or themselves. This correlation with society is mostly emphasized by the program as allows peaceful coexistence.
Research indicates that the program has been successful in reducing recidivism cases and has instilled responsible and dutiful traits in the juveniles which allow them to use pro-social attitudes and behaviors to lead peaceful lives. In essence, research indicates that the program has achieved the primary goal of reducing juvenile recidivism through proper actions and treatments.
However, there is still room for improvement, and this can be done by recruiting previous victims to be the face of the crime that is not always figured out. Such kind of intervention allows the delinquent to reflect on their mistakes as well as on their peers and offers them the chance to choose a different perspective. Also, monitoring the juveniles for approximately a year after they are released can work a great deal to ensure that minors can cope with challenging situations that may face them. If these two recommendations are incorporated into the program, I believe that the process of rehabilitating juveniles would be much easier.
From the precedent, it is clear that the program instills respect and dignity into the juveniles. The environment where the youths are brought up is homelike and allows them to build their relationships with themselves and with families. It is true that the program has a rich history of success but the treatment method that targets both delinquents and family members makes it more efficient.
Wolf, K. C. (2003). Justice By Any Other Name: The Right to a Jury Trial and the Criminal Nature of Juvenile Justice in Louisiana. Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J., 12, 275.