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NCJ Number: 50403 Find in a Library
Title: DELINQUENCY - HOW DO WE SNAP THE CHAIN?
Journal: LAW IN AMERICAN SOCIETY  Volume:3  Issue:1  Dated:(FEBRUARY 1974)  Pages:22-26
Author(s): P B SINGER; N MILLER
Corporate Author: Law in American Society Foundation
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Law in American Society Foundation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: PRETRIAL DIVERSION PROGRAMS ARE DISCUSSED AS A MEANS OF INTERRUPTING THE CHAIN OF EVENTS THAT LEAD MANY YOUTHS INTO LIVES OF CRIME.
Abstract: A CASE STUDY IS CITED TO DEMONSTRATE HOW A RECURRING PATTERN OF POLICE CONTACTS, ARRESTS, AND COURT APPEARANCES CAN TURN YOUTHS WITH PROBLEMS INTO CRIMINALS. IT IS POINTED OUT THAT MANY OF THE YOUTHS WHO PROGRESS THROUGH THE JUVENILE COURT SYSTEM HAVE NEVER DONE ANYTHING 'REALLY BAD' AND HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR LEADING PRODUCTIVE LIVES IF GIVEN A CHANCE. PARTICULAR ATTENTION IS DRAWN TO THE PLIGHT OF STATUS OFFENDERS (ESPECIALLY FEMALES) WHO FIND THEMSELVES IN CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS. PRETRIAL DIVERSION IS DESCRIBED AS A WAY OF POSTPONING THE USUAL PROGRESSION THROUGH THE COURT SEQUENCE SO THAT THE OFFENDER CAN BEGIN TO REASSESS AND REARRANGE HIS OR HER LIFE. PROJECT CROSSROADS, A WASHINGTON, D.C., DIVERSION PROGRAM THAT FOCUSES ON FINDING JOBS FOR FIRST OFFENDERS, IS DESCRIBED. PROJECT CROSSROADS, BEGUN IN 1968 AS A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT, IS PART OF THE WASHINGTON, D.C., COURT SYSTEM. SIXTY-TWO PERCENT OF PROJECT CROSSROADS PARTICIPANTS ASK FOR AND RECEIVE CASE DISMISSALS BY THE COURT. THE PROJECT'S RECIDIVISM RATE (CASES RETURNED TO COURT ON REARREST CHARGES) IS 22.2 PERCENT. A BALTIMORE, MD., PRETRIAL INTERVENTION PROJECT THAT EMPHASIZES COUNSELING IS ALSO NOTED, AS ARE YOUTH SERVICE BUREAUS, REFERRAL AGENCIES FOUND IN MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. (LKM)
Index Term(s): District of Columbia; Diversion programs; Juvenile court diversion
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