A WAY TO FURTHER REHABILITATION
Half-way houses for juveniles is a transitional facility provided in a bid to further reintegrate young criminal offenders who have served their terms, and are about returning back into the society. This facility provides a platform to continue offering supports after the juveniles have undergone some kind of reorientation and positive psychological change in perspective as regards crime. This facility is meant to strengthen the effect of what detention and the services provided in the correctional facilities, imparted to the juveniles.
The settings of the half-way house are that of an organized and systematic home which consists of a number of rules that guides the day to day activities and events that are carried out by the juveniles. Counselling continues to hold in the half-way house, skills and training on some vocational trade continues to be learnt. The structures such as security and confinement are not as rigid in the half-way houses as it is in the correctional detention centers the juveniles come from.
EFFECTIVENESS OF A HALF-WAY HOUSE ON JUVENILE OFFENDERS
The effect of the half-way house on juveniles amongst many others is that, it establishes a reasonably stable pattern of life, developing their capacity to cope with daily living. It helps develop and train the juveniles in life skills such as social and communication skills to enable them integrate themselves into the society at large. Half-way houses also provides assistance such as counselling that are necessary for the inmates to live and survive beyond juvenile correction centers.
It is important to note that besides the education and training provided to the juvenile offenders by the correctional facilities, it is necessary to prepare them for their return into the society, hence half-way houses are saddled with the responsibility of giving the juveniles a general idea of what a normal society should look like: one where there are rules to be adhered to, limits to be obeyed and supports to be enjoyed.
In addition, half-way houses can effectively serve the purpose of protecting the community from receiving ex-juvenile offenders that still carry traits of committing crime, and have not totally being rehabilitated of their criminal acts, but they will achieve these goals only with the full backing of the society and awareness of their cost-effectiveness and the need for such programs in the society.