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NCJ Number: 69246 Find in a Library
Title: JUVENILE DELINQUENCY PROCEEDINGS IN MASSACHUSETTS
Corporate Author: Massachusetts Office for Children
Legal Unit
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Massachusetts Office for Children
Boston, MA 02116
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Publication Number: 10410-8-500-5/78-CR
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE MOST IMPORTANT STEPS IN MASSACHUSETTS' JUVENILE DELINQUENCY PROCEEDINGS ARE DESCRIBED, INCLUDING SUMMONS OR ARREST, ARRAIGNMENT, TRIAL, AND COMMITMENT TO A TREATMENT PROGRAM.
Abstract: BEGINNING WITH A SUMMARY OF MASSACHUSETTS LAW CONCERNING DELINQUENCY PROCEEDINGS, THE BOOKLET DISCUSSES HOW COURTS OR POLICE OFFICERS BRING A JUVENILE INTO THE JUSTICE SYSTEM. BECAUSE MANY JUVENILES ARE ARRESTED IN THE EVENING, PROCEDURES FOLLOWED AND DECISIONS MADE AT THE POLICE STATION ARE DETAILED WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO RELEASE CONDITIONS AND BAIL. THE DESCRIPTION OF THE ARRAIGNMENT PROCESS INCLUDES SUGGESTIONS REGARDING THE CHILD'S COOPERATION AND LEGAL REPRESENTATION. VARIOUS TRIAL OUTCOMES ARE PRESENTED, FOLLOWED BY AN OUTLINE OF POSSIBLE DISPOSITIONS IF ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE JUVENILE ARE PROVED BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT. THE ROLES OF POLICE OFFICERS, PROBATION OFFICERS, AND JUDGES IN A CASE ARE EXAMINED. CONDITIONS GOVERNING APPEALS AND TRANSFERS (BINDOVERS) TO THE ADULT COURT SYSTEM ARE DESCRIBED ALONG WITH PROCEDURES FOLLOWED IN A TRANSFER HEARING. FINALLY, STEPS IN A COMMITMENT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH SERVICES (DYS) ARE BRIEFLY DISCUSSED, AS WELL AS SITUATIONS WHERE THE DYS MAY PLACE A JUVENILE IN A DETENTION FACILITY ON ITS OWN INITIATIVE. THE BOOKLET EMPHASIZES THAT PROCEDURES VARY WIDELY AMONG INDIVIDUAL POLICE STATIONS AND COURTS AND THAT LOCAL JUVENILE JUSTICE PERSONNEL SHOULD BE CONSULTED FOR INFORMATION.
Index Term(s): Juvenile court procedures; Juvenile court waiver; Juvenile processing; Massachusetts
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