Street-level bureaucrats in de justitiële jeugdinrichting?

Translated title of the contribution: Street level bureaucrats in juvenile prisons

Marie-José Geenen, E.W. Kolthoff, Robin van Halderen, Jeanet De Jong

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Although group workers in juvenile correctional facilities (JCFs) are restricted in their actions by many rules and regulations, they still have the opportunity for tailor-made actions. Based on Lipsky’s (2010) theory of ‘street-level bureaucracy’ this article explains what this discretion means for group workers in JCFs and how they deal with it. Based on 24 interviews with group workers, this article outlines how they exercise discretion in a context where group dynamics and dealing with emotions affect their actions to an important degree. In addition, this article describes how group workers deal with dilemmas they encounter.
Translated title of the contributionStreet level bureaucrats in juvenile prisons
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)70-86
Number of pages17
JournalTijdschrift voor Criminologie
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2016


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