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NCJ Number: 222383 Find in a Library
Title: Antecedents and Consequences of Juvenile Case Processing: Where Are We Now, and Where Do We Go From Here?
Journal: Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice  Volume:6  Issue:2  Dated:April 2008  Pages:195-220
Author(s): Rebecca J. Boyd; Sheila M. Huss; David L. Myers
Date Published: April 2008
Page Count: 26
Publisher: http://www.sagepub.com/ 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents a synopsis of the antecedents and consequences of efficiently processing juvenile cases.
Abstract: Findings reveal that although many antecedents have been identified, the degree to which many of these factors cause case-processing delay and compromise the quality of case- processing in the juvenile justice system has not been verified through empirical research. As is highlighted, more research has been conducted on adult than juvenile case-processing. Many systematic, juvenile justice official-specific and interagency factors are associated with inefficient juvenile case-processing. Some systematic antecedents include the lack of case-flow and differentiated case management systems, policies and procedures, strict continuance policies, and the underutilization of diversion. The lack of training and education on issues related to case-flow management, case-flow management systems, and case-processing time reduction initiatives also impedes efforts to reduce case-processing time. Concerning juvenile justice official-specific barriers, there appears to be positive associations between efficient case-processing and the lack of prosecutorial experience, training, and case preparation and the underutilization of diversion alternatives. Factors which have been found to be related to the compromise quality of juvenile case-processing include the assignment of counsel late in the stages of case-processing; a lack of legal representation, experience defending juveniles, education, and training; and high caseloads. High probation caseloads and limited number of staff may also be related to the quality of case processing; probation officers cite these issues as reasons why they are unable to make frequent contacts with juvenile probationers. Notes, references
Main Term(s): Case processing; Juvenile due process; Juvenile justice reform; Juvenile processing
Index Term(s): Juvenile court jurisdiction; Juvenile court procedures; Juvenile court records; Juvenile court reform; Juvenile courts
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