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NCJ Number: 165150 Find in a Library
Title: Legislator's Guide to Comprehensive Juvenile Justice
Corporate Author: National Conference of State Legislatures
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 33
Sponsoring Agency: National Conference of State Legislatures
Denver, CO 80202
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 95-JN-FX-0017
Publication Number: ISBN 1-55516-902-5
Sale Source: National Conference of State Legislatures
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United States of America

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Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents a research-based strategy for a comprehensive juvenile justice system, together with examples of State legislation addressing components of comprehensive juvenile justice.
Abstract: The guide is intended as a primer for policymakers on the issues and interests involved in juvenile justice reform. It summarizes an analysis of more than 400 programs for juvenile offenders that revealed that, overall, juveniles who receive treatment have recidivism rates about 10 percent lower than untreated juveniles in comparison groups and that the best intervention programs reduced recidivism by 20 to 30 percent. Individual sections of the guide focus on the role of early childhood care and education in preventing crime and juvenile delinquency, prevention and early intervention methods that are effective for schoolage and teenage youth, and the use of a continuum of graduated sanctions to hold juvenile offenders accountable and provide services. Further sections discuss the use of juvenile detention and corrections, the move toward juvenile court waiver or the direct filing of serious juvenile offenders into adult criminal courts, and emerging issues in juvenile justice. Figures and 41 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice reform
Index Term(s): Juvenile codes; Juvenile Corrections/Detention effectiveness; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile rehabilitation
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