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NCJ Number: 157231 Find in a Library
Title: Reducing Delays in Criminal Proceedings Involving Young Defendants and Young Offenders
Corporate Author: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
London, SW9 0PU
Publication Number: ISBN 0-85069-061-7
Sale Source: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
169 Clapham Road
United Kingdom
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This analysis of case processing delays for juvenile offenders in Great Britain, particularly offenders involved in minor offenses, concludes that the country needs a framework of principle and action to reduce unnecessary and inappropriate delays for young defendants and young offenders in criminal proceedings.
Abstract: The discussion notes that delays can encourage recidivism by those on bail and promote detention of young people, who learn new attitudes and skills from people more criminally sophisticated. Delays may also weaken family and community ties, making offending more likely in the longer terms. Delays can also undermine the effectiveness of sentencing as an immediate deterrent. The principles supported by the interagency committee on the Coordinated Computerization of the Criminal Justice System appears to be an appropriate framework. In addition, recommended actions should include an interagency agreement to improve communication and information availability to provide faster and more effective decisionmaking; routine audits of pre- court, pretrial, and pre-sentencing procedures to determine possible time savings; and joint guidelines from the Department of Health and the Home Office regarding delays. Additional recommendations, footnotes, and list of members of the Young Offenders Committee
Main Term(s): Juvenile court procedures
Index Term(s): Court delays; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Juvenile court waiver; Juvenile processing
Note: NACRO Young Offenders Committee Policy Paper 5
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