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NCJ Number: 79024 Find in a Library
Title: Statement of James Girzone on October 25, 1977 Concerning Implementation of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 (From Implementation of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 - Hearings, P 247-253, 1978 - See NCJ-79016)
Author(s): J Girzone
Corporate Author: National Assoc of Counties (NACo)
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: National Assoc of Counties (NACo)
Washington, DC 20001
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Views on the implementation of the 1974 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act are presented from the Policy Steering Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety of the National Association of Counties.
Abstract: The National Association of Counties maintains that most juvenile delinquency is rooted in social circumstances, that status offenses are but the most obvious example of this, that the courts are not the proper agencies to attempt the rehabilitation of status offenders, that community-based alternatives to incarceration are essential elements of a humane social and juvenile justice policy, and that deinstitutionalization accomplished in a timely manner with due consideration to available resources ought to be a major priority. The Association urges that Congress consider establishing a new title to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act that would provide for an independently funded program of State subsidies. The program would (1) reduce the number of commitments to any juvenile facility, (2) increase the use of nonsecure community-based facilities, (3) reduce the use of incarceration and detention of juveniles, and (4) encourage the development of organizational and planning capacity to coordinate youth development and delinquency prevention services. The Association further recommends that funding for private agency work with juveniles be funneled through county agencies that coordinate a network of juvenile services. Amendments to the act that have provided 100 percent funding for qualified programs are considered particularly important for programs encouraging deinstitutionalization in States where there is significant opposition. Attention should also be given to the limited authority of State advisory groups and the role of State planning agencies in implementing local programs for juveniles.
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Community-based corrections (juvenile); Deinstitutionalization; Funding sources; Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act; Juvenile status offenders; State planning agencies
Note: Available on microfiche as NCJ-79016.
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