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NCJ Number: 65713 Find in a Library
Title: JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM
Author(s): N GOLDSTEIN
Corporate Author: Associated Press
United States of America

Prentice Hall Media
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Sponsoring Agency: Associated Press
New York, NY 10020
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Prentice Hall Media
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Sale Source: Prentice Hall Media
150 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, NY 10591
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: BY INCORPORATING INTERVIEWS OF PROFESSIONALS IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM WITH THOSE OF GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES, THIS TWO-PART FILMSTRIP INVESTIGATES INEQUITIES IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND POSSIBLE IMPROVEMENTS.
Abstract: JUVENILE CRIME AND DELINQUENCY HAVE REACHED SERIOUS PROPORTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES, WITH ABOUT A MILLION CHILDREN ARRESTED AND SERVED BY THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM EVERY YEAR. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM SHOWS SENATOR BIRCH BAYH COMMENTING THAT THE SYSTEM WAS INTENDED TO GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE SPECIAL ATTENTION, LENIENT TREATMENT, AND A SECOND CHANCE TO LIVE A USEFUL LIFE WITHOUT THE BURDEN OF A CRIMINAL RECORD. HOWEVER, FEW PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT THE SYSTEM HAS WORKED. JOHN RECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION SUGGESTS THAT THE NATION START RELATING TO CHILDREN AS SEMIMATURE PEOPLE, RECOGNIZING THAT THE COURTS' DECISIONS SHOULD MORE ACCURATELY REFLECT THE CHILD'S CONDUCT AND THE NEED TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC. TWO CASE HISTORIES CITED BY SENATOR BAYH ILLUSTRATE THE FAILURE OF THE SYSTEM TO REHABILITATE THE JUVENILE OR PROTECT THE COMMUNITY. A MAJOR AREA NEEDING REFORM IS THE LACK OF UNIFORMITY IN DEALING WITH JUVENILE OFFENDERS. A 15-YEAR-OLD BOY CAN BE SENTENCED TO 6 YEARS FOR MAKING AN OBSCENE PHONE CALL, YET THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR AN ADULT WHO COMMITTED THIS CRIME WOULD BE 2 MONTHS IN PRISON AND A $50 FINE. DAVID GILMAN OF THE INSTITUTE OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION SUGGESTS ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION FOR ALL JUVENILE OFFENDERS, INCLUDING PROBATION, FINES, PUBLIC WORK, AND INTERMITTENT CUSTODY. HE ALSO NOTES CHILDREN'S ACCEPTANCE OF THE PUNISHMENT CONCEPT RATHER THAN THE TREATMENT APPROACH BECAUSE DELINQUENTS KNOW WHY THEY ARE BEING PUNISHED AND WHEN THEY WILL BE RELEASED. MARTY GUGGENHEIM OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION NOTES THE UNFAIRNESS OF THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM WHICH TREATS VIOLENT YOUTHS MORE LENIENTLY AND STATUS OFFENDERS MORE HARSHLY THAN THEY WOULD BE TREATED AS ADULTS. SENATOR BAYH SUGGESTS HANDLING EACH CASE ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS, ALTHOUGH THIS WOULD COST MORE MONEY THAN IS PRESENTLY BEING SPENT. A PROGRAM GUIDE AND ACTIVITY PACKET ARE INCLUDED. (WJR)
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Custody vs treatment conflict; Films; Juvenile adjudication; Juvenile court diversion; Juvenile designated felonies; Juvenile justice system; Juvenile status offenders
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. THE KIT CONTAINS TWO COLOR FILMSTRIPS, TWO AUDIOCASSETTES A LEARNING ACTIVITY PACKET, AND A 53 PAGE PROGRAM GUIDE. ASSOCIATED PRESS SPECIAL REPORT
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