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NCJ Number: 136801 Find in a Library
Title: Old Enough to Do Time -- Juvenile Justice Policies
Author(s): R Weisberg
Date Published: 1984
Sponsoring Agency: Filmakers Library
New York, NY 10016
Sale Source: Filmakers Library
124 E 40th Street
New York, NY 10016
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The history of juvenile justice policies in the United States are reviewed briefly prior to a look at the current trend towards processing juveniles within the adult system. The effects of institutionalization in both juvenile and adult facilities is considered in terms of rehabilitation, and four alternative correctional programs are described.
Abstract: These alternatives include referring minors to community boards for sentencing, use of wilderness "outward bound" programs, a residential model of corrections, and a "tracking" program to keep close tabs on juvenile offenders. The video emphasizes that the trend toward "getting tough" with juveniles by detaining them prior to trial, frequent use of institutionalization for even nonserious offenders, and waiving them to the adult system is ineffective in its intended outcome and serves a short-term purpose (to get the juveniles off the street). Juvenile justice systems in Florida (the State incarcerating the largest number of juveniles), Colorado, and Washington State are focused on as representing different approaches to juvenile justice.
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention trends; Juvenile diversion programs
Index Term(s): Colorado; Florida; Juvenile correctional facilities; Juvenile detention standards; Washington
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