Intensive Aftercare Programming for Female Juvenile Offenders

Judith A. Ryder, N. D. R. I., Inc. - MHRA
J. Myers, Comprehensive Human Services, Inc.

ABSTRACT
This presentation will discuss the applicability of the Intensive Aftercare Program (IAP) model for female juvenile offenders. An emerging body of "best practices" has developed to address the unique needs of young female offenders generally, yet there are few data upon which to construct gender-specific interventions for females at the "deep end" of the juvenile justice system. Although the Intensive Aftercare Program (IAP) model (Altschuler and Armstrong, 1994) was originally designed to counter reoffending among "high-risk" males, it has much to offer the small but growing number of "high-risk" female offenders. In particular, IAP's overarching case management framework, which promotes individual case planning, graduated responses, and continuity of care and support in the community, appears to compliment and parallel what has been learned as to "what works" best with female juvenile offenders. To help female juvenile offenders make the transition across the institution/community boundary, IAP programming must address not only structural and systemic problems, but also integrate a greater understanding of and sensitivity to gender-role socialization, gender-specific developmental tasks, and the links between trauma and victimization and delinquency.

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