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NCJ Number: 52093 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: PINS CASES - AN AMERICAN SCANDAL
Author(s): M G RECTOR
Corporate Author: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Newark, NJ 07102
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
S.I. Newhouse Ctr at Rutgers
15 Washington St., Fourth Floor
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United States of America

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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: CASE EXAMPLES OF PINS (PERSONS IN NEED OF SUPERVISION) ARE CITED IN SUPPORT OF REMOVING STATUS OFFENDERS FROM THE JURISDICTION OF THE JUVENILE COURT.
Abstract: PINS ARE CHRONIC TRUANTS, RUNAWAYS, OR INCORRIGIBLE YOUNGSTERS. SOCIETY TYPICALLY RESPONDS TO PINS BY BRINGING THEM BEFORE THE JUVENILE COURT AND THEN COMMITTING THEM TO A STATE TRAINING SCHOOL, WHERE THEY REMAIN FOR MONTHS OR YEARS. THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ARE SPENT EVERY YEAR ON EACH OF THESE INCARCERATED YOUTHS, BUT OFTEN THEIR INCARCERATION MAKES THEM A CONTINUING PROBLEM TO THEMSELVES AND TO SOCIETY. A GROWING NUMBER OF COMMUNITIES ARE BEGINNING TO DIVERT YOUNG PINS OUT OF THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND INTO NONINSTITUTIONAL PROGRAMS BETTER EQUIPPED TO HELP THEM. BUT SUCH DIVERSION REQUIRES THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW PROGRAMS AND FACILITIES AND THE UPGRADING OF SCHOOLS. IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED THAT THE JUVENILE COURT, BY PROVIDING COMMUNITIES WITH A CONVENIENT DUMPING GROUND FOR EVERY SORT OF YOUTH PROBLEM, HAS IN EFFECT IMPEDED THE SOLUTION OF THESE PROBLEMS. REMOVING YOUNG PINS FROM THE JUVENILE COURT DOUBTLESSLY WOULD EXACERBATE THE DEBATE BETWEEN PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THAT BEHAVIOR SUCH AS RUNNING AWAY IS THE RESULT OF PERMISSIVE ATTITUDES AND THOSE WHO ARE ATTEMPTING TO EXPAND THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN. BUT BY REMOVING YOUNG PINS FROM THE COURT'S JURISDICTION, THE COURT WOULD BE FREE TO DEAL WITH YOUTHS WHO ACTUALLY HAVE COMMITTED CRIMES, AND COMMUNITIES WOULD BE FORCED EITHER TO PROVIDE THE HELP THAT YOUNG PEOPLE NEED TO GROW UP, OR PAY THE PRICE IN DOLLARS AND DAMAGED LIVES. COMMUNITIES ARE URGED TO ESTABLISH YOUTH SERVICE BUREAUS IN ORDER TO LINK CHILDREN WITH THE SOCIAL AND HEALTH AGENCIES THAT CAN HELP THEM, MOBILIZE COMMUNITY SUPPORT TO DEVELOP YOUTH-RELATED RESOURCES, AND CHANGE PUBLIC ATTITUDES THAT ALIENATE CHILDREN FROM AUTHORITY. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--LKM)
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Community support; Jurisdiction; Juvenile courts; Juvenile justice system; Juvenile status offenders; Youth Services Bureau
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