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NCJ Number: 51110 Find in a Library
Title: MISSISSIPPI JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM - A MODEL FOR CHANGE
Author(s): F O ALONZO
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 207
Sponsoring Agency: UMI Dissertation Services
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
300 North Zeeb Road
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
United States of America
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE HISTORY, OPERATION, AND CURRENT STATUS OF JUVENILE COURTS IN MISSISSIPPI ARE REVIEWED. THEN A MODEL FAMILY COURT ACT IS PROPOSED TO REMEDY A SERIES OF PROBLEMS WHICH ARE IDENTIFIED.
Abstract: THE HISTORY OF THE JUVENILE COURT SYSTEM IN MISSISSIPPI IS TRACED BACK TO THE MISSISSIPPI INDUSTRIAL AND TRAINING SCHOOL ACT OF 1916. A HEAVILY FOOTNOTED HISTORY TRACES LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS AND COURT DECISIONS AFFECTING THE SYSTEM. CURRENTLY, MISSISSIPPI'S COURTS ARE OPERATING UNDER THE 1946 YOUTH COURT ACT. A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE, BUT THE BASIC SYSTEM HAS NOT CHANGED TO REFLECT THE DUE PROCESS DECISIONS OF THE U.S. SUPREME COURT. OTHER PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED ARE THE VAGUE TERMINOLOGY OF THE YOUTH COURT ACT WHICH ALLOWS UNLIMITED DISCRETION IN THE HANDLING OF STATUS OFFENDERS, THE TREATMENT OF STATUS OFFENDERS AS DELINQUENTS, LIMITED SOCIAL SERVICES, THE STIGMATIZING EFFECT OF ADJUDICATION, AND A LACK OF REGULAR SAFEGUARDS FOR DUE PROCESS REQUIREMENTS. A MODEL FAMILY COURT ACT IS DRAWN UP AND PRESENTED AS AN ANSWER TO THESE PROBLEMS. ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR OF A TOTAL OVERHAUL OF THE JUVENILE COURT SYSTEM OF MISSISSIPPI ARE PRESENTED. A BIBLIOGRAPHY IS APPENDED. (GLR)
Index Term(s): Critiques; Judicial decisions; Juvenile court procedures; Juvenile courts; Laws and Statutes; Mississippi; Model law; State laws
Note: UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI - DOCTORAL DISSERTATION
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