The Cycle and Dynamics of Reform and Neglect in a State Juvenile Corrections Agency: The Texas Experience

dc.contributor.advisorWorrall, John L.
dc.creatorDonnelly, Paul David
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-15T09:57:38Z
dc.date.available2018-06-15T09:57:38Z
dc.date.created2018-05
dc.date.issued2018-05
dc.date.submittedMay 2018
dc.date.updated2018-06-15T09:57:39Z
dc.description.abstractThis research examines the history of juvenile justice in Texas, from the creation of the Texas Youth Commission (TYC) to its current iteration, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD). The study is divided into several sections and begins with information on the history of juvenile justice in Texas, from the landmark Morales v. Turman ruling to the eventual dissolution of TYC. The research adopts an intrinsic, single case study design; its purpose is to contribute to future studies of juvenile corrections. The author’s personal experience with juvenile justice prompted interviews with directors and staffers of TYC institutions, members of the Texas Legislature and the juvenile justice department in Texas at large. The interviews and the methodology surrounding this study provide crucial insight into TYC and the institutional system; they also provide a framework for further single case study research of criminal and juvenile justice. This research concludes that the institution model is not sustainable or helpful for rehabilitating juveniles even when the institutions are focused on reform. It is argued that the cycle of juvenile justice is a revolving wheel ensuring reactionary legislation, and this study calls for a new model to ensure the safety of juveniles.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10735.1/5852
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectTexas Youth Commission
dc.subjectTexas Juvenile Justice Department
dc.subjectJuvenile corrections—Texas
dc.subjectJuvenile delinquents—Rehabilitation—Texas
dc.titleThe Cycle and Dynamics of Reform and Neglect in a State Juvenile Corrections Agency: The Texas Experience
dc.typeDissertation
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentCriminology
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Dallas
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.namePHD

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