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Comparison of Correctional Services for Youth Incarcerated in Adult and Juvenile Facilities in Michigan

Irene Y. H. Ng, Rosemary C. Sarri, Jeffrey J. Shook, and Elizabeth Stoffregen

Few studies have compared correctional service experiences of youth in adult prisons and juvenile facilities. This study compared 47 youth in juvenile facilities and 49 youth in adult prisons in Michigan. Controlling for offence history, socioeconomic background, and demographic characteristics, juvenile placement was found to be associated with more positive responses for counseling, medical services, and staff quality. Experiences with the quantity of education and work programs were similar, although the quality of education and work might have differed. Poor correctional services in adult prisons might be a reason for less effective rehabilitation, leading to lower deterrence.