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Court Intervention and Institutional Reform

Title: Court Intervention and Institutional Reform: The Bobby M. Case and Its Impact on Juvenile Justice Education in Florida.
Name(s): Pesta, George, author
Milton, Sande, professor directing dissertation
Blomberg, Thomas, university representative
Iatarola, Patrice, committee member
Bales, William, committee member
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: For more than 50 years, federal courts have intervened in both the correctional and educational fields on such issues as prison conditions, due process, school integration, and free and appropriate rights to education. However, researchers have debated the effectiveness of courts to produce institutional reform in corrections and education. Further, few studies have been conducted that identify the specific conditions necessary to produce institutional reform. This dissertation is a policy and historical study of court intervention and successful institutional reform. Specifically, the dissertation is concerned with juvenile justice education reform, court intervention, and policy implementation. The education of incarcerated youth has historically been a neglected area, both in terms of its perceived value as a social service or rehabilitative factor and because it has largely been ignored by the scientific community. And unlike other special populations, juvenile justice youth have few advocates, having largely been viewed as a disposable population. This dissertation describes a class-action lawsuit referred to as Bobby M. v Florida and the court's efforts to intervene and reform the field of juvenile justice education. To that extent, this study aims to describe the conditions and major activities that led to successful policy implementation and institutional reform throughout Florida's juvenile justice education system. The study treats court intervention as a triggering event or catalyst in institutional reform, but also considers other post-litigation factors such as legislative response, accountability mechanisms, and the sustainability of the reform movement when determining the conditions and factors that led to successful and significant institutional reform. The paper concludes with theoretical and policy implications, contributing to court intervention and policy implementation literature by describing the conditions, impediments, and outcomes of successful institutional reform through court intervention.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-5108 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2012.
Date of Defense: June 5, 2012.
Keywords: Bobby M, Court Intervention, Institutional Reform, Juvenile Justice Education
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Sande Milton, Professor Directing Dissertation; Thomas Blomberg, University Representative; Patrice Iatarola, Committee Member; William Bales, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational leadership
Education and state
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Pesta, G. (2012). Court Intervention and Institutional Reform: The Bobby M. Case and Its Impact on Juvenile Justice Education in Florida. Retrieved from