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Legislature: Triumphs Looking for Help
Stop Passing the Buck (or lack there of) for Human Services
Juvenile Justice Update
Peter's Principles (Peter Herman)
Convention '85 Elections: Not Such a Trivial Pursuit
Program: New Election Laws Study Proposed
Anorexic Budget Shows Need for Future Calories
Proposed Slate of Officers/Directors 1985-87

Juvenile Justice Update

An integrated plan for developing educational programs at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF) has been developed and is in the process of being implemented, according to Marti McGurk, LWV State Board Juvenile Justice Committee Chair.

Says McGurk, "Implementation of the plan is the next step, although there are areas of concern that need to be met. In many cases, resources are not available even though the plan exists. For instance, there is a great need for staff training, and the need to develop a specific training program to meet the specific needs of the Youth Facility."

Last year, McGurk served on a committee which was formed to respond to the educational opportunities at the HYCF. The result was the formalization of a Tri-Agency agreement (between the Departments of Social Services and Housing, Education and Health) to develop an integrated plan to foster educational opportunities at the HYCF. In March, 1984, two committees (one of which consisted of representatives from the Family Court, the Office of Children and Youth, and the State Law Enforcement Planning Agency) were formed to develop and implement such a plan. In January, 1985 the League was invited to become a member of the steering committee to guide and implement the completed plan.

Says McGurk, "I think all that has happened during the past two years has been very positive. These committees are not just meeting and talking and not doing anything. I see constructive, cohesive planning taking place, which can only be good for the incarcerated youths."

The Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council is preparing a handbook for use by line workers of status offenders. The handbook would list public and private resources (such as shelters, counseling programs, etc.) available to status offenders, The handbook is now being edited and will be printed in April or May.

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