Defining The Ideal Detention Environment: Findings From The Louisville Group

Juvenile detention has been criticized because of its failure to study itself (Sarri, 1973; Hughes & Reuterma 1980). Sarri takes a more pessimistic view of juvenile detention and points to the sparcity of empirical information as a way to hide the overwhelmingly negative outcome that detention has on most juveniles. Inherent in Sarri’s perspective is an ideology which condemns secure institutions.