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NCJ Number: 116684 Find in a Library
Title: Right to Counsel in Juvenile Court: An Empirical Study of When Lawyers Appear and the Difference They Make
Journal: Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology  Volume:79  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1989)  Pages:1185-1346
Author(s): B C Feld
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 162
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article analyzes variations in rates of representation and the impact of counsel in juvenile delinquency and status proceedings in Minnesota in 1986.
Abstract: The right to counsel in juvenile court is discussed, with special emphasis on the Gault case. This case mandated procedural safeguards in the adjudication of delinquency. Data and analyses utilized in the article are presented, including petitions and offenses, source of referral, rates of representation, representation by counsel and age of juveniles, and present offense and disposition. An analysis of prior offenses is presented to determine their relevance to the eventual disposition a juvenile receives. The juvenile's pretrial detention status is also examined for subsequent disposition. Demographic characteristics, such as race and sex, are presented with respect to sentencing variables. Multiple regression equations for the appointment of counsel, pretrial detention, out-of-home placement, and secure confinement dispositions are analyzed. A discussion of policy implications is presented. 53 tables, 356 references.
Main Term(s): Right to counsel
Index Term(s): Juvenile justice reform; Juvenile sentencing; Minnesota
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