Dean's Special Curriculum Development Fund

Elizabeth Best

This teaching note accompanies the Elizabeth Best case (# 675123), which is available online from theĀ Harvard Business School.

Ellen Schall and the Department of Juvenile Justice

This "Innovations in State and Local Government" case begins in January 1983, when Ellen Schall is appointed commissioner of New York City's Department of Juvenile Justice, an agency in upheaval. DJJ was established to detain seven- to fifteen-year-old children between arrest and adjudication. Most of DJJ's charges are held in a 25 year old secure detention facility called "Spofford," a notoriously violent and dilapidated facility in the South Bronx. The case describes the situation as Schall walks into it.

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