Claims are being made for deinstitutionalization that obscure some of the lesser known, negative effects. Within the juvenile justice system, for example, many juveniles who were previously institutionalized as juvenile status offenders are being relabelled and institutionalized as jivenile delinquents. In the state system studied in this report, the total number of juveniles in institutional programs did not decrease during the period of "deinstitutionalization."
McNeece, C. Aaron
"The Deinstitutionalization of Juvenile Status Offenders: New Myths and Old Realities,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 7
, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol7/iss2/8