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NCJ Number: 77784 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of Second Degree Misdemeanant Commitments
Corporate Author: Florida Dept of Health and Rehabilitative Services
Office of Children, Youth and Families
Data Analysis Unit
United
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Florida Dept of Health and Rehabilitative Services
Tallahassee, FL 32399
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
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This evaluation focuses on second degree misdemeanant juvenile commitments in Florida since October 1, 1978, implementation of the revised juvenile justice law, and youth services policies related to juvenile placement.
Abstract: The Juvenile Justice Act passed by the 1978 Florida Legislature dramatically influenced the philosophy of delinquency programming throughout the State's juvenile justice system. The act specified that second degree misdemeanants should be identified and furloughed as soon as possible. This evaluation examined the records of 181 youngsters who were committed to youth services for these offenses from October 1, 1978, through February 28, 1979. Examples of second degree misdemeanant offenses are shoplifting, loitering, and disorderly conduct. Analysis revealed that 10 percent of the commitments were placed in programs identified in youth services placement policy as inappropriate. Sixty percent of the population were not discharged within the 60-day period stipulated by law. Only 25 percent were discharged within 2 months. In addition, 28 percent of all second degree misdemeanants were committed from one district, which is consistent with the high commitment rate from the area for all offenses. Study findings identified a need related to these commitments. This was accomplished, and full compliance with the law is now anticipated. Five tables are included.
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Florida; Juvenile court diversion; Misdemeanor; Studies
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