Teaching Case - San Francisco's Juvenile Justice System: Trying to Do Right by Kids Who Do Wrong (Sequel)

San Francisco's Juvenile Justice System: Trying to Do Right by Kids Who Do Wrong (Sequel)


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  • Product Description

    This juvenile justice policy case describes the strategic challenge faced by a San Francisco consultant, asked by the city's Mayor Willie Brown, to resolve a bitter and long-standing dispute as to how to structure the city's approach to youthful offenders. Consultant Mimi Silbert--herself renowned for her work to rehabilitate adult felons--must find a way to forge a compromise between those who favor institution-based treatment--led by the city's probation officers--and those "youth advocates" who favor youth services delivered in community-based settings. Symbolic of, and central to, the dispute: how to deal with dilapidated Juvenile Hall, the central youth detention center disliked by youth advocates--who would rather see it closed than modernized. Long-stalled physical improvements, if they are to come at all, appear to await resolution of a philosophical dispute.

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    Publication Date: September 01, 1997
    HKS Case Number: 1451.1
    Case Author: Susan Rosegrant
    Faculty Lead: Philip Heymann
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 4
    Setting: United Sates
    Language: English
    Funding Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: US & Canada
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