Special Education in Wisconsin's Juvenile Detention System
This study looks at incarcerated youth in the public juvenile detention facilities of Wisconsin. State percentages of youth in Wisconsin public schools with Emotional, Learning, Cognitive, and/or Low Incidence Disabilities are compared to percentages reported from the state and county operated juvenile detention facilities. The study investigates if the apparent national trend of overrepresentation is true in Wisconsin. The data collected show the percentage of students with Special Education labels in thirteen detention facilities is significantly larger than the percentage of disabled students in the Wisconsin public school system. Therefore, a pressing goal needs to be identifying causes of delinquency among the Special Education population and putting programs in place to prevent the crimes in the first place.
Journal of Correctional Education
Correctional Education Association
Zenz, Tamara and Langelett, George, "Special Education in Wisconsin's Juvenile Detention System" (2004). Economics Faculty Publications. 7.