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From a Juvenile Detention Center to an Adult Prison: Inmates’ Perceptions of the Transition Process

23 July 2018


The purpose of the current phenomenological qualitative study was to explore juvenile offenders’ experiences and attitudes about transitioning from a juvenile correctional facility to an adult prison. Seven male participants who had transferred from a juvenile correctional facility to an adult prison within the prior three months were interviewed. Two overarching themes emerged: perceived lack of support and fear of the unknown. Experiences were characterized into three stages: pretransition, transition, and posttransition. The findings provide insight for correctional facilities on how the transition process can be improved.


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