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NCJ Number: 63006 Find in a Library
Title: FLORIDA - EVALUATION OF INTAKE DETENTION PRACTICES AND DETENTION SERVICES
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Florida Dept of Health and Rehabilitative Services
Office of Children, Youth and Families
Data Analysis Unit
United
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 43
Sponsoring Agency: Florida Dept of Health and Rehabilitative Services
Tallahassee, FL 32399
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: AN EVALUATION OF JUVENILE INTAKE AND DETENTION PRACTICES IN FLORIDA SHOWS THAT DESPITE DECREASES IN JUVENILE ARRESTS, NUMBERS OF YOUTHS DETAINED BEFORE TRIAL REMAIN HIGH.
Abstract: WHILE OVER 2,000 CHILDREN PER MONTH ARE ADMITTED TO SECURE DETENTION, FEWER THAN 400 PER MONTH ENTER FLORIDA YOUTH SERVICES COMMITMENT PROGRAMS OR ADULT PRISONS. THIS STUDY EXAMINES HOW YOUTH COME TO DETENTION AS WELL AS THE CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCH YOUTH. PRIMARY DATA SOURCES ARE OFFICIAL REPORTS ON THE DETENTION POPULATION, INTAKE DATA CARD, AND DETENTION DATA CARD. CHILDREN, IT APPEARS, ARE DETAINED USUALLY BY LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR PROTECTION REASONS. DATA ON OVER 13,000 SUCH CASES HANDLED DURING THE LAST QUARTER, 1977, SHOW ONLY 5.6 PERCENT COMMITTING A SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE BETWEEEN RELEASE AND DISPOSITION. THIS INDICATES THAT FAR TOO MANY YOUTH ARE BEING DETAINED FOR PREVENTIVE REASONS. ALTHOUGH NONSECURE DETENTION FACILITIES EXIST FOR JUVENILES, THEY RECEIVE ONLY A SMALL PERCENT OF DETAINEES. PRIOR TO FEBRUARY 1, 1978, DETENTION SCREENING WAS OPERATED WITH GREAT LATITUDE; AND 28.6 PERCENT OF CASES WERE DETAINED TO ENSURE COURT APPEARANCE. HOWEVER, DATA FROM THE LAST QUARTER OF 1977 SHOW ONLY 5 PERCENT OF JUVENILE DEFENDANTS FAILED TO SHOW IN COURT. SUCH ABUSE OF DETENTION LED TO NEW GUIDELINES-SETTING CRITERIA FOR DETAINING JUVENILES IN 1978. IT IS ADVISED THAT LOCAL EFFORTS BE MADE TO ENSURE YOUTHS' ADMISSION TO NONSECURE RATHER THAN SECURE FACILITIES, IF DETENTION BE NECESSARY. THE NEW JUVENILE DETENTION GUIDELINES SHOULD RELIEVE MANY INJUSTICES BY RESTRICTING YOUTH SERVICES AND COURT DISCRETION IN DETAINING YOUTHS AND IN MANDATING MORE CAREFUL CASE MONITORING. FOOTNOTES, CHARTS, TABLES, AND REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Florida; Juvenile court intake; Juvenile detention; Juvenile program evaluation; Recidivism
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