Juvenile Correctional Industries

For the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, ILJ, together with the National Organization for Social Responsibility, examined the applicability of 18 U.S.C. 1761(c) to juvenile correctional industries programs. This law prohibits the interstate transportation of prison-made goods unless they were produced pursuant to the U. S. Department of Justice’s Prison Industries Enhancement program, requiring payment of prevailing wages and comparable benefits. To determine whether the law applies to juvenile corrections, ILJ reviewed the legislative history and the extent to which state juvenile law codes provide for punishments that are comparably punitive to those given in adult criminal law. In addition, the two organizations undertook a telephone survey of juvenile correctional agencies to determine the extent to which industrial programs operate in facilities for juveniles or youth. Directors of juvenile correctional industries from four states met in Washington, D.C. to review the study findings