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Title: Serious Juvenile Offender in the Juvenile Justice System
Corporate Author: American Justice Institute
National Juvenile Justice System Assessment Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 219
Sponsoring Agency: American Justice Institute
Sacramento, CA 95814
National Institute of Justice/
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Grant Number: 77NI-99-0009; 77JN-99-0008
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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This research provides juvenile justice policymakers; planners; and police, court, and correctional managers with information related to current program, procedural, and evaluation practices for dealing with the serious juvenile offender in the criminal justice system.
Abstract: Information was obtained through a literature search, site visitation, structured interviews, and telephone surveys. The primary source of information was the operational system of police, court, and correctional agencies. Issues covered by the information are the nature of the problem (definition of the serious juvenile offender and the rehabilitation enigma), serious juvenile offender characteristics, local procedures for the serious juvenile offender, State programs for the institutionalized serious juvenile offender, and major system issues related to the serious juvenile offender. Findings indicate that efforts to address the increased violence and criminality of the relatively small number of serious juvenile offenders are hampered by competing policies: the policy of more severe penalties for such offenders and the movement to deinstitutionalize juvenile offenders. Regarding the local handling of the serious juvenile offender, police agencies are mounting special efforts to deal with the 'hardcore' juvenile. There is significant agreement between police and the courts about the need to retain the traditional focus on rehabilitation for juveniles. There is increased pressure, however, for the juvenile court to become more like the adult court. There is an apparent consensus that services for the serious juvenile offender must reflect a continuum of treatment from disposition through release from parole, based on individualized assessment that includes the juvenile's participation. 8 figures, 5 tables, 185 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Serious juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Case processing; Juvenile case management
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