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Title: Rights of Young People
Author(s): M Guggenheim; A Sussman
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 326
Sponsoring Agency: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
New York, NY 10004
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This handbook reviews the rights of minors under State laws, with attention to arrest and pretrial procedures, court procedures, sentencing, child abuse, child custody, access to the courts in civil proceedings, age of legal majority, medical care, employment, and status offenses.
Abstract: The handbook acknowledges the disparate impact of laws on very young children and on adolescents. Its first six chapters address issues affecting all children under 18 years old; its last five chapters consider issues affecting adolescents exclusively or to a disproportionate degree. The first chapter considers every aspect of police and juvenile justice processing of juveniles from the time of arrest until a court appearance. Issues discussed include custody, confessions, detention, bail, and search and seizure. Chapter 2 reviews rights of juveniles in the juvenile and adult courts, with attention to transfer from juvenile to adult court. Factfinding procedures are a particular concern. The discussion of posttrial dispositions in Chapter 3 focuses on probation, parole, training schools, and other institutions. Chapter 4 reviews State laws dealing with child abuse and neglect as well as the termination of the parent-child relationship. This is followed by a chapter on child custody, foster care, adoption, and illegitimacy. Chapter 6, the final one that addresses issues affecting all children under 18 years old, considers juveniles' access to civil courts, including issues in children's suing for damages to them and in their being sued for damages alleged to have been done by them. The age of legal majority in State law is surveyed in chapter 7, followed by a chapter on medical care, contraception, abortion, and pregnancy. Chapter 9 focuses on adolescent rights in employment, contracts, and financial rights and responsibilities. The concluding two chapters address status offenses and miscellaneous legal rights and limitations for adolescents. The appendixes list the ages at which children have various rights and responsibilities in each State as well as the names and organizations in each State which defend the rights of young people. Chapter case notes and a 6-item bibliography are also provided.
Index Term(s): Abortion; Access to courts; Age of legal majority; Arrest and apprehension; Child abuse and neglect hearings; Child custody; Civil proceedings; Juvenile court procedures; Juvenile police intake; Juvenile processing; Juvenile sentencing; Juvenile status offenders; Medical and dental services; Pretrial procedures; Rights of minors; State laws; Youth employment
Note: American Civil Liberties Union Handbook.
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