A significant barrier to successful juvenile intervention is misconduct committed against juveniles by the persons employed to help them. Professional Misconduct with Juveniles explores the nature of employee-on-youth misconduct, its extent, its consequences, factors that increase its occurrence, and potential solutions to the problem. Obviously, employee-on-youth misconduct interferes with the effective treatment of delinquent and at-risk youth, but it also harms the agency as a whole and creates a poor working environment for all employees. Professional Misconduct with Juveniles offers a practical, theory-based approach to preventing or stopping such exploitation of vulnerable young men and women so that we can focus on effective approaches to rehabilitation, deterrence, and public safety.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. The Nature of Employee-on-Youth Misconduct 3. The Extent of Employee-on-Youth Misconduct 4. Consequences of Employee-on-Youth Misconduct 5. Factors Increasing Employee-on-Youth Misconduct 6. Solutions 7. Conclusion
Lee "Mike" Johnson is Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the Department of Sociology at William Paterson University. His publications include "Criminal Justice System Involvement and Continuity of Youth Crime: A Longitudinal Analysis" in Youth & Society, as well as an edited book on connecting practical experience and academics in corrections, for which he authored the chapter on working with juvenile offenders. His past experience includes working as a staff member in a residential juvenile treatment program and teaching at the University of West Georgia.