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NCJ Number: 67674 Find in a Library
Title: POLICE AND THE DETENTION QUESTION (FROM JUVENILE JUSTICE - NATIONAL CONFERENCE, 4TH, LOS ANGELES (CA), FEBRUARY 6-10, 1977 - AUDIOTAPE CASSETTE HIGHLIGHTS, GROUP 1, 1977 - SEE NCJ 67673)
Corporate Author: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
United States of America

National District Atorneys Assoc
United States of America

Teach 'Em Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Sponsoring Agency: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Reno, NV 89507
National District Atorneys Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Teach 'Em Inc
Chicago, IL 60611
Publication Number: J-30, SIDE 5
Sale Source: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
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: THE CONSEQUENCES OF DETAINING JUVENILE STATUS OFFENDERS, THE PUNISHMENT ASPECT, AND THE POLICE DECISION FOR DETENTION ARE DISCUSSED IN THIS AUDIOTAPE CASSETTE FROM A CONFERENCE ON JUVENILE JUSTICE.
Abstract: THE DETENTION OF YOUTHS IN DETENTION CENTERS, JAILS, AND POLICE LOCKUPS IS INCREASING. HOWEVER, ONLY ONE-THIRD OF THOSE DETAINED ARE SERIOUS OFFENDERS; 50 PERCENT ARE EITHER STATUS OFFENDERS OR MENTALLY DISTURBED JUVENILES. THE MEDIAN AGE OF DETAINED YOUTHS IS 14 YEARS, AND STUDIES SHOW THAT EARLY POLICE CONTACT RESULTS IN REPEATED OFFENSES. WHILE ADULTS ARE OFTEN RELEASED ON BAIL OR ON PERSONAL RECOGNIZANCE, JUVENILES ARE USUALLY NOT RELEASED; THUS THEIR DETENTION AMOUNTS TO PUNISHMENT. FURTHERMORE, THE ATMOSPHERE IN PLACES OF DETENTION IS MORE PUNITIVE THAN IN THAT OF THE FACILITIES AND INSTITUTIONS UTILIZED AFTER CONVICTION. NATIONAL STUDIES SHOW NO APPARENT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OFFENSES AND POLICE OFFICERS' DECISIONS TO DETAIN. THE POLICE OFTEN BASE THEIR DECISIONS ON THE YOUTHS' DESIRE TO COOPERATE, THE OFFENDERS' SOCIAL STATUS, THE DISTANCE TO THE DETENTION CENTER, AND THE DESIRES OF THE PARENTS TO KEEP THE CHILDREN AT HOME. IN ADDITION, STATUS OFFENDERS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE DETAINED THAN SERIOUS OFFENDERS, AND THEY USUALLY RECEIVE LONGER TERMS OF CONFINEMENT AND HARSHER DISPOSITIONS. OFFICIAL REASONS FOR DETENTION ARE REVIEWED AND CRITICIZED, AND OTHER AUTHORITIES AND STUDIES ARE CITED. FOR RELATED DOCUMENTS, SEE NCJ 67673 AND 67675-81.
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Juvenile detention; Juvenile processing; Juvenile status offenders; Police attitudes; Police decisionmaking; Punishment
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. THIS PROGRAM IS ONE SIDE OF THE AUDIOCASSETTE. FOR THE PROGRAM ON THE OTHER SIDE, SEE NCJ-67675. FOR ENTIRE KIT SEE NCJ-67673.
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