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NCJ Number: 78596 Find in a Library
Title: International Summaries: Detention Pending Trial and Educational int Intent in the Case of Young Offenders
Author(s): M Walter
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The pretrial detention of juvenile offenders in West Germany may conflict with the therapeutic goals that the juvenile justice sustem emphasizes; therefore, other options should receive greater emphasis.
Abstract: The Juvenile Criminal Justice Act states that pretrial detention should be imposed only when its intended effect cannot be achieved through other forms of intervention known for greater therapeutic value. The basic nature of pretrial detention is anti-therapeutic, although judges impose it as a means of immediate crisis intervention and as a method of demonstrating the realities of prison life. Although pretrial detention can never be completely replaced by other approaches, more efficient alternatives for therapeutic confinement should be established. This effort will take time, because the required facilities for alternatives do not yet exist. In addition, alternative provisions should also include offenders between ages 18 and 21.
Main Term(s): Foreign juvenile justice systems
Index Term(s): Germany; Juvenile detention; Juvenile detention decisionmaking; Juvenile detention reform
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