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NCJ Number: 137011 Find in a Library
Title: State of the Child in Nebraska
Corporate Author: Voices for Children
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Voices for Children
Omaha, NE 68135
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report contains statistics on children in Nebraska, a review of the range of youth services available in Nebraska, and a critique of Nebraska's juvenile justice system based on studies commissioned in Nebraska over the last 20 years.
Abstract: Statistics cover a breakdown of the number of children by age (0-17 and 12-17) in the 1990 Nebraska population, the percentage of households with children under age 18, and households with children under age 18 headed by single parents. Data on children and the courts cover children in adult prisons and adult jails, children in all locked facilities, and incidents of child involvement with the courts from probation to adult prison. Data on children of color address their percentage of total youth population, the percentage of those involved in juvenile arrests, and the percentage of children of color incarcerated in Douglas County Corrections and the State prison system. A review of the range of youth services and their availability in Nebraska indicates which are available in Nebraska, those that are partially available, and those not available. The services are in the areas of prevention; diversion; pretrial alternatives; nonresidential dispositional alternatives; dispositional alternatives, residential, open environment; dispositional alternatives, residential, locked environment; and aftercare services. A juvenile justice fact sheet as of spring 1991 presents a factual critique of Nebraska's juvenile justice system based on studies commissioned in the State over the last 20 years. The critique covers all phases of the juvenile justice system. Also provided are a risk assessment of committed delinquents in Nebraska youth development centers and an abstract of a study that examined racial bias in juvenile court decisions. 19 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice system
Index Term(s): Dangerousness; Juvenile codes; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Nebraska; Racial discrimination
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