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NCJ Number: 153348 Find in a Library
Title: Arizona Criminal Justice Commission Youth and Crime Task Force Working Groups' Recommendations
Corporate Author: Arizona Criminal Justice Cmssn
United States of America
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: Arizona Criminal Justice Cmssn
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Sale Source: Arizona Criminal Justice Cmssn
1110 West Washington
Suite 230
Phoenix, AZ 85007
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These recommendations of the Protecting Society and Protecting Children working groups of Arizona's Youth and Crime Task Force provide "rough" guidelines for Arizona to redesign the way in which it deals with children as offenders and victims.
Abstract: The recommendations reflect several guiding principles. One is cohesion. The task force recommends creation of a single State children's agency with "one stop shopping" through locally controlled, multidisciplinary centers and centralized case and information management. A second principle is integrity. Accountability and predictability are encouraged through guidelines for the use of discretion in decisionmaking. A third principle is accountability. This refers to the creation of contexts within which juveniles can act responsibly to address harms they have caused. Choice and reparation are emphasized. The fourth principle is early intervention. The focus for youthful offenders is on the first three encounters with law enforcement. Risk/needs assessments for juveniles and abandonment of the adversary system at the front end are critical elements of the task force proposals. The task force also recommends that all cases of child abuse or neglect that meet written guidelines be investigated by interdisciplinary teams. Twenty-four recommendations are presented.
Main Term(s): Juvenile processing
Index Term(s): Arizona; Child victims; Juvenile offenders
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