Publication Date

Spring 2021

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Holli Drummond (Director), Crystal Bohlander, Christina Noel

Degree Program

Department of Sociology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The Juvenile Justice System is established to maintain public safety, as well as rehabilitate youth that have involved themselves in criminal activity. The overall goal is to create a better future for these individuals and transform them into law-abiding citizens for the good of society. In order to understand where the system has failed in doing this, we must first examine what opportunities and programs these individuals have to help them succeed. The current study will employ a secondary analysis of a cross-sectional survey through which the United States Bureau of the Census (1995) collected data on the characteristic of different types of Juvenile Justice facilities; both public and private. Chi-squared tests, correlations, and a logistic regression analysis were specifically used to measure variation in accessibility of education in different juvenile correctional environments.


Criminology | Curriculum and Instruction | Sociology