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NCJ Number: 68875 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: DELIVERY OF JUSTICE TO VICTIMS OF JUVENILES' MISDEMEANORS - A COMPARISON OF INTAKE PROCEDURES AND A DESCRIPTION OF VICTIMS
Author(s): ANONYMOUS
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: 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
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: JUVENILE INTAKE PROGRAMS WERE COMPARED IN ORDER TO ASSESS THE EFFECT OF DIVERSION ON VICTIMS' ATTITUDES TOWARD THE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND TO DEVELOP A PROFILE OF VICTIMS OF JUVENILE MISDEMEANORS.
Abstract: IN THE COMMUNITY ARBITRATION PROGRAM, WHICH EMPHASIZES ADEQUATE EVIDENCE AND VICTIM RESTITUTION, A LAWYER CONDUCTS A HEARING WITH BOTH VICTIM AND OFFENDER BEING PRESENT IN A COURT-LIKE SETTING. IN A TRADITIONAL INTAKE PROGRAM, VICTIMS AND OFFENDERS ARE INTERVIEWED SEPARATELY IN A OFFICE BY A CASEWORKER. OVER A 6-MONTH PERIOD, JUVENILE MISDEMEANOR CASES WERE SYSTEMATICALLY ASSIGNED TO ONE OF THE TWO INTAKE PROGRAMS. DATA WAS COLLECTED FROM 48 VICTIMS SURVEYED FOLLOWING THE HEARING AND 41 VICTIMS WHO RESPONDED TO THE MAILED QUESTIONNAIRE. DATA SHOW THAT THE AVERAGE VICTIM WAS 35.6-YEARS OLD, EMPLOYED IN A CLERICAL OR SALES OCCUPATION, AND HAD A HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION. SLIGHTLY OVER HALF WERE MALE, AND MOST WERE WHITE, MARRIED, AND HAD LITTLE PREVIOUS CONTACT WITH THE JUVENILE COURT SYSTEM. MOST VICTIMS REPORTED A MINOR INJURY OR MONETARY LOSS UNDER $500. AN ANALYSIS OF RESPONSE BEHAVIOR SHOWED THAT VICTIMS OF OLDER OFFENDERS TENDED TO RESPOND MORE FREQUENTLY THAN VICTIMS OF YOUNGER OFFENDERS. THE STUDY FOUND NO DIFFERENCES IN ATTRIBUTES BETWEEN VICTIMS INVOLVED IN THE TWO INTAKE PROGRAMS, INDICATING THAT INCREASED DIVERSION OF MISDEMEANOR YOUTHS FROM FORMAL COURTS AND INCREASED DENIAL OF CASES BASED ON INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE DO NOT IMPACT NEGATIVELY ON VICTIM PERCEPTION OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM. FOOTNOTES AND A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF APPROXIMATELY 17 REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Juvenile court diversion; Juvenile court intake; Victim attitudes; Victimology; Victims of juvenile crime
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