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NCJ Number: 72415 Find in a Library
Title: Review and Analysis of the Juvenile Court Process in Arizona (From Legislative Monitoring - Case Studies From the National Internship Program, P 73-108, 1980 - See NCJ-72412)
Author(s): M Willett
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 36
Sponsoring Agency: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
Sale Source: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Key juvenile justice officials in two Arizona counties were interviewed in order to analyze the State's juvenile justice system and to compare it with the American Bar Association standards.
Abstract: The study focused on diversion programs and on deinstitutionalization of status offenders. Officials were interviewed in urban Maricopa County, and rural Coconino County. Maricopa County maintains a highly complex juvenile court system, while Coconino County is representative of the State's rural counties. The two counties have basic similarities as well as some differences with respect to their systems' operations. Problems in administration include confusion regarding authority for placing preadjudicatory juveniles in foster homes, determination of indigency, and filing of incorrigibility petitions. Problems in the interpretation of the codified system concern probation conditions, holding of peititons during periods of conditional release, and delays in dispositions. The Arizona system also lacks standards similar to the proposed national standards in the areas of handling status offenders outside the juvenile court system, due process, rapid detention hearings, and prompt court procedures. It is recommended that defense counsel be appointed before the detention hearing, that incorrigibles be detained separately from delinquents, that review of detention decisions be legally required, and that restrictive time limits be set for all stages in the handling of juvenile cases. Summaries of basic provisions of the Arizona juvenile code and footnotes are included. For related case studies, see NCJ 72413-14 and 72416.
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Arizona; Case studies; Comparative analysis; Juvenile adjudication; Juvenile codes; Juvenile court diversion; Juvenile detention; Juvenile justice standards; Status offender diversion
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