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NCJ Number: 200096 Find in a Library
Title: Bringing Balance to Juvenile Justice
Corporate Author: American Prosecutors Research Institute
United States of America
Project Director: Caren Harp
Date Published: November 2002
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: American Prosecutors Research Institute
Alexandria, VA 22314
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 95-MU-FX-0017
Sale Source: American Prosecutors Research Institute
99 Canal Center. Plaza
Suite 510
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This handout outlines an approach to juvenile justice that balances the justice issues of community protection, offender accountability, and competency development.
Abstract: The overriding approach to juvenile justice has tended to swing between the two extremes of offender rehabilitation and offender punishment. The handbook argues that neither approach is complete on its own, and that a juvenile justice system model that balances these concerns would be the most effective justice model for youthful offenders. Three principles are introduced that encompass the proposed approach: community safety, offender accountability, and competency development. The benefits of having a philosophy guide the justice system include enhanced consistency and fairness by guiding the considerable discretionary powers that exist within the justice system. The handbook offers an explanation of each of the three principles, along with strategies for implementing these principles and success measures that will help assess the effectiveness of the guiding philosophy. In conclusion, the handbook notes the importance of adopting a comprehensive approach to delinquency, one which operates in the best interest of children and communities.
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice reform
Index Term(s): Juvenile justice management; Juvenile justice policies; Juvenile justice standards; Juvenile justice system
Note: American Prosecutors Research Institute Special Topic Series
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