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Title: Juvenile Justice: Toward Completing the Unfinished Agenda; Reprint of the 1988 Annual Report of the Juvenile Delinquency Commission
Corporate Author: New Jersey Juvenile Delinquency Cmssn
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 162
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This 1988 annual report of the New Jersey Juvenile Delinquency Commission assesses the extent to which juvenile justice operations in the State comply with Juvenile Code policy and proposes recommendations designed to move the State's juvenile justice system closer to Code standards.
Abstract: The report notes that although delinquency continues to be a serious problem in the State, overall juvenile crime is decreasing, largely due to declining youth populations. The juvenile justice system, however, is handling an increasing volume of cases; detention and correctional institution populations have skyrocketed. The policy emphasis on local community response to delinquency has had mixed results from community to community. Communities with inadequate resources (often the high-crime communities) have not been able to fund effective local responses to delinquency. Although the Code encourages a broad array of dispositions for juveniles, gaps exist in the envisioned continuum. The high incarceration rate for minority youth violates the Code's standard of equitable treatment, and evaluations of existing juvenile justice programs are rare. Twelve recommendations are designed to improve the juvenile justice system. Recommendations include a more focused local role in delinquency prevention and control, an increase in judges' ability to monitor their dispositions, a focused effort to deal with chronic offenders, a more judicious use of detention, and improved evaluation efforts. A statistical supplement provides data on arrests, docketing, intake, adjudication, dispositions, and detention. 60 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice system
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Community-based corrections (juvenile); Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Minority juvenile offenders; New Jersey
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