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NCJ Number: 44470 Find in a Library
Title: RENNES (FRANCE) EXPERIENCE OF SUPERVISED LIBERTY IN RECENT YEARS
Journal: REVUE PENITENTIAIRE ET DE DROIT PENAL  Volume:101  Issue:1  Dated:(JANUARY-MARCH 1977)  Pages:59-64
Author(s): R CARIO
Corporate Author: Societe Generale des Prisons et de Legislation Criminelle
France
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Societe Generale des Prisons et de Legislation Criminelle
Paris, France
Format: Article
Language: French
Country: France
Annotation: SUPERVISED LIBERTY FOLLOWING A SUSPENDED SENTENCE IN THE RENNES JUVENILE COURT DURING 1975 IS EXAMINED; PERSONNEL, PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION OF THE YOUTHS, AND SUCCESS OF THE PRACTICE ARE CONSIDERED.
Abstract: DURING 1975, 397 CASES INVOLVING 612 MINORS WERE PROCESSED IN RENNES BY THE THREE JUVENILE COURT JUDGES; THESE FIGURES SHOW AN INCREASE OVER THE 474 MINORS TRIED IN 1974. MOST OF THE CASES INVOLVED THEFT OF SOME KIND, EITHER SHOPLIFTING, GROUP INCIDENTS OF HOUSEBREAKING, THEFTS FROM WINE CELLARS AND CARS, OR PURSE SNATCHING, WHILE LITTLE VIOLENCE WAS PRESENT IN CONNECTION WITH THE OFFENSES. DISPOSITION IN JUVENILE COURT MAY CONSIST OF: (1) A REPRIMAND; (2) SUPERVISED LIBERTY; OR (3) SENTENCE TO A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE INSTITUTION, WITH OR WITHOUT CONDITIONAL SUSPENSION IN CONJUNCTION WITH PROBATION. AS OF DECEMBER 31, 1975, 122 BOYS AND 12 GIRLS HAD BEEN PLACED UNDER SUPERVISED LIBERTY, SPREAD OUT OVER PERIODS OF FROM 2 MONTHS TO A MAXIMUM OF 3 YEARS. A TOTAL OF 64 MINORS WERE PLACED ON PROBATION DURING THE SAME 1975 PERIOD. ONLY TWO FULL-TIME DEPUTIES WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR SUPERVISING ALL 198 MINORS; VOLUNTEERS HAD FORMERLY BEEN UTILIZED IN A SUPPLEMENTARY CAPACITY, BUT DUE TO THE LACK OF SPECIALIZED TRAINING AND SKILLS ON THE PART OF THE VOLUNTEERS, THEIR SERVICES WERE SEPARATED FROM THE JUVENILE DEPARTMENT IN 1972. PROVISIONS EXIST FOR EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING COOPERATION BETWEEN THE JUVENILE SERVICES AND LOCAL EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES. IN ORDER TO TAILOR AN INTERVENTION PLAN FOR EACH JUVENILE, THE JUDGE MAY REQUEST APPROPRIATE SOCIAL, MEDICOPSYCHOLOGICAL, AND NEUROPSYCHIATRIC TESTS. SUPERVISED LIBERTY HAS BEEN GENERALLY SUCCESSFUL, WITH ONLY THREE OR FOUR CASES SINCE 1972 IN WHICH RELATIONS FAILED BETWEEN THE DEPUTIES AND THE JUVENILES IN THEIR CHARGE. COOPERATION IS URGED BETWEEN PREVENTION SERVICES AND SOCIAL SERVICES, CONSOLIDATION OF PLACEMENT SERVICES IS RECOMMENDED, AND A MORE EDUCATIVE ATTITUDE ON THE PART OF THE JUDGES IS CALLED FOR. --IN FRENCH.
Index Term(s): Dispositions; France; Intervention; Juvenile courts; Juveniles; Sentencing/Sanctions
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