Assessing Conditions of Confinement

Dr. Dedel has worked as a court-appointed monitor in over 50 juvenile detention and correctional facilities to improve the conditions of confinement and to ensure that the facilities conform to professional standards. She consults extensively with the United States Department of Justice, Special Litigation Section and is a certified PREA auditor. Dr. Dedel is recognized as an expert in:

Protection from Harm 

Facilities must be safe for both youth and staff if their rehabilitative goals are to be met. They must have adequate policies, procedures and practices for staffing, using physical force, reporting incidents, investigating allegations of misconduct, submitting grievances, managing youth behavior, programming, using isolation, and preventing suicide.

Quality Assurance

High-quality correctional programs require continuous oversight to ensure that agency goals and professional standards are met. Establishing a comprehensive set of performance measures and a rigorous auditing methodology is essential to ensuring that agencies can identify and respond to problems, absent external oversight by monitors. 

Special Education 

The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) entitles all youth, including those in detention and correctional facilities, to a free appropriate public education. Detention and commitment facilities, due to the nature of their operations and the type of youth housed in them, face special challenges in complying with this legal mandate.