Implementing a Gender-Based Arts Program for Juvenile Offenders

1st Edition

Authors: Jill Rosenbaum Shelley Spivack
Paperback ISBN: 9780323265027
Imprint: Anderson
Published Date: 15th October 2013
Page Count: 96


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Studies have shown that arts-based programming in juvenile detention settings can be an effective tool in rehabilitating and reintegrating youth who have come into contact with the juvenile justice system. Implementing a Gender-Based Arts Program for Juvenile Offenders focuses on a 2012-2013 program in Flint, Michigan and demonstrates that visual arts and poetry can be used effectively with young people in detention centers to improve self-image, increase confidence, and improve writing skills. Describing the program in detail, including the subjects addressed, the unforeseen pitfalls, and how individual lessons evolved over time, Implementing a Gender-Based Arts Program for Juvenile Offenders combines practical advice with a discussion of current literature on the use of integrating arts in juvenile correctional settings, as well as the literature identifying the need for gender-based programs, to provide guidance to juvenile justice and corrections professionals in their efforts to rehabilitate young people.

About the Real-World Criminology Series
More than just textbooks, the short books in the Real-World Criminology series are designed to be of interest to particular fields within criminology. They can be policy primers, spurring innovations in policing and corrections, theoretical works dealing with policy implications, or program evaluations incorporating theoretical foundations.  Each book covers something that is happening –or should be happening—in the world of criminal justice.

Key Features

  • Includes actual examples of art and writing created as part of juvenile detention programs
  • Reports on specific results of program evaluations and supplies recommendations for implementing a gender-based program for juveniles
  • Ideal for use as a supplemental text in many criminology courses or as one of a collection of smaller texts for high-level theory courses


This book is intended for practitioners, researchers, and policy makers as well as upper-level students in Criminology programs.

Table of Contents

1. Program Overview of Visual Arts and Spoken Word Poetry Workshops in Juvenile Detention Facility

2. Literature Reviews

3. Evolution of the Program

4. The Second Time Around: Arts Workshops for Female Juvenile Offenders

5. The Third Experience with Arts-Based Programming

6. Response to the Program from Youth and Criminal Justice Professionals

7. Recommendations for Replication of Program Outcomes


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About the Author

Jill Rosenbaum

Jill Leslie Rosenbaum is a Professor of Criminal Justice at California State University, Fullerton. Her teaching and research interests focus on issues of girls in the juvenile justice system. She is currently completing a project which focuses on the experience of girls and the effects of violence, neighborhood disorganization and family on their lives.

Affiliations and Expertise

California State University, Fullerton, CA

Shelley Spivack

Shelley Spivack is an Attorney/Referee with the Genesee County Family Court and a Lecturer in the Criminal Justice and Women and Gender Programs at UM- Flint. She received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and M.A.from UM-Flint. She is the Director of the Buckham/GVRC Share Arts Project and is the President of the Referees Association of Michigan.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Michigan, Flint, MI