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NCJ Number: 67684 Find in a Library
Title: PROSECUTORIAL ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM FOR JUVENILE DISPOSITIONS (FROM JUVENILE JUSTICE - NATIONAL CONFERENCE, 4TH LOS ANGELES (CA), FEBRUARY 1977 AUDIOTAPE CASSETTE HIGHLIGHTS, GROUP 2 - SEE NCJ-67682)
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-35
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: THIS CASSETTE TAPE DISCUSSES THE ROLE OF ACCOUNTABILITY THAT THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY CAN PERFORM WITH RESPECT TO THE DISPOSITION OF JUVENILE CRIMINAL CASES.
Abstract: THE PROSECUTOR SHOULD GO TO THE DISPOSITIONAL HEARING WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT COMMUNITY PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE AND THE UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THESE PROGRAMS CAN OR CANNOT DO FOR THE INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT. ONCE A PROGRAM IS CHOSEN AS THE DISPOSITION, THE PROSECUTOR SHOULD CALL WITNESSES AND PROVE THAT THE PROGRAM IS GOOD OR INAPPROPRIATE. AFTER THE DISPOSITION HAS TAKEN EFFECT, THE PROSECUTOR IS STILL ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PUBLIC AND HE SHOULD CHECK TO SEE IF THE ARRANGEMENT IS WORKING. IF IT IS NOT, THEN THE PROSECUTOR MUST SEEK TO CHANGE THE DISPOSITION. THIS ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM MAKES SURE THAT THE COMMUNITY'S NEED FOR SAFETY IS RESPONDED TO QUICKLY, WHILE ENSURING THAT SERIOUS CASES GO TO COURT, JUVENILE CRIME IS REDUCED, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN THE ENTIRE JUVENILE SYSTEM IS RESTORED. THE PROSECUTOR SHOULD PLACE THE POLICE REPORT INTO A CENTRAL INDEX SYSTEM FOR EASY IDENTIFICATION OF REPEAT OFFENDERS. HE SHOULD ALSO SCREEN CASES FOR LEGAL SUFFICIENCY. IF A CASE IS FOUND TO BE INSUFFICIENT IT SHOULD GO TO POLICE FOR EVALUATION; FURTHER INFORMATION MAY BE NEEDED TO MAKE IT SUFFICIENT. IF THE CASE IS SUFFICIENT, IT GOES TO THE PROBATION OFFICER, WHO SHOULD HAVE FORMED A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE JUVENILE SO THEY CAN WORK OUT A REASONABLE DISPOSITION BEFORE THE TRIAL. IF THE DISPOSITION IS SUBJECT TO COURT JURISDICTION, THERE SHOULD NOT BE A NEW TRIAL, BUT RATHER AN EXTENSION OF THE DISPOSITION HEARING. A MODIFICATION HEARING INVOLVES THE PROSECUTOR RELATING THE POLICE REPORT TO THE JUDGE. THE PROSECUTORIAL ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM USED IN KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON HAS BEEN EVALUATED AS BEING SUCCESSFUL IN ACHIEVING ITS OBJECTIVES.
Index Term(s): Accountability; Dispositions; Juvenile justice system; Prosecution; Prosecutorial diversion; Prosecutorial screening; Tape recordings; Washington
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. THIS PROGRAM IS ONE SIDE OF THE AUDIOCASSETTE PLUS HALF SIDE OF ANOTHER AUDIOCASSETTE. FOR THE PROGRAM ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SECOND AUDIOCASSETTE, SEE NCJ-67684. FOR THE ENTIRE KIT, SEE NCJ-67682.
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