Miller’s Value Proposition in His Reorganization of the Department of Youth Services


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Miller's Value Proposition in His Reorganization of the Department of Youth Services
When Jerome Miller reorganized the Department of Youth Services (DYS) in the state of Massachusetts, it was in response to the widely perceived failure of the DYS to successfully carry out its primary mandate; that is, to reduce the level of youth crime. This feeling was coupled with the conviction in many quarters that the means heretofore adopted to attain this goal, imprisonment in isolated institutions and strict discipline, was not only ineffective but immoral, constituting child abuse (60-62). Institutional change was thus overdetermined, driven both by severely practical and by abstract ethical considerations.
In choosing which of these two...
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.....ermined. Moreover, Miller cultivated media support and created constituencies that had a vested interest in his new policies. The chief risk that Miller took was that some unpredictable event might happen in the middle of his transition that would seem to disconfirm his assumption that a more humane system would also be more practical and produce better outcomes. If a juvenile had committed a spectacular multiple murder during that period, Miller might well have been confronted with an insuperable problem, especially if the crime seemed to be linked in some way to the new arrangements. This was the chief way in which Miller gambled in implementing his policies, and his gamble was successful.
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