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NCJ Number: 149454 Find in a Library
Title: Where We Stand: An Action Plan for Dealing with Violent Juvenile Crime
Corporate Author: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Reno, NV 89507
Sale Source: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report recommends a long-term effort to reduce violent juvenile crimes, starting with an expansion and redirection of existing resources to more effective crime prevention efforts and also including sanctions that hold violent juvenile offenders fully accountable and renew the commitment to the rehabilitation of violent juvenile offenders.
Abstract: The report opposes measures such as mandatory juvenile court waiver or the restriction of juvenile court jurisdiction. It reviews research indicating that criminal courts do not impose greater sanctions than juvenile courts on violent juvenile offenders, that juvenile courts are more likely to impose sanctions than adult courts, and that juveniles do not have high rates of recidivism. Recommended measures for the small number of repeat violent offenders include providing adequate resources for thorough diagnostic assessments and individualized dispositions, rational guidelines for transferring certain violent juvenile offenders to adult criminal court, and opening the juvenile court to the public for fact-finding hearings involving violent juvenile crime and transfers to criminal court. Further actions should include providing juvenile court records to police and criminal courts, expanding local community-based secure and nonsecure programs for violent juvenile offenders, developing better programs for re-entry into the community, and improving and expanding training and technical assistance programs for juvenile justice professionals. Press release, background report and recommendations, and 12 references
Main Term(s): Violent juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile justice policies; Juvenile justice reform; Juvenile sentencing; Violence prevention
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