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NCJ Number: 134156 Find in a Library
Title: British Juvenile and Family Courts Society Juvenile Justice Seminar: Challenge and Choices; Alternatives to Custody in Juvenile Justice
Journal: Lay Panel Magazine  Volume:26  Dated:(September 1991)  Pages:6-9
Author(s): G Sutton
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 4
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This report explains the juvenile justice portions of the British Criminal Justice Bill which is pending in the British Parliament.
Abstract: The most significant change under the bill is the renaming of the juvenile court as the youth court and the extension of its jurisdiction to include 17-year-olds. This will substantially increase the court's workload. The youth court will operate under the new structure created by the bill. The bill places new restrictions on the use of custodial sentences for offenders of all ages. The primary criterion for using a custodial sentence and for determining its length will be the seriousness of the offense. Two new system of unit fines that the bill introduces will also apply to young offenders. There is a statutory requirement that all young offenders released from custody be supervised for a set period. Overall, 16-and 17-year-olds will be regarded as a distinct group within the youth court, and courts will have a much wider range of sentencing options for this group than for any other age group. Sentencing options will include both those that are available for juveniles and for adults. Slide illustrations are included.
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Foreign juvenile justice systems; United Kingdom (UK)
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