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Title: Standards Relating to Dispositions
Author(s): L R Singer
Corporate Author: Juvenile Justice Standards Project
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 144
Sponsoring Agency: American Bar Endowment
Chicago, IL 60611
Andrew W Mellon Foundation
New York, NY 10021
Ballinger Publishing Co
Cambridge, MA 02138
Herman Goldman Foundation
New York, NY 10005
Juvenile Justice Standards Project
New York, NY 10014
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
US Securities and Exchange Cmssn
Washington, DC 20549-2736
Vincent Astor Foundation
New York, NY 10022
Grant Number: 76-JN-99-0018; 78-JN-AX-0002; 74-NI-99-0043; 75-NI-99-0101; 71-NI-99-0014;72-NI-99-0032
Sale Source: Ballinger Publishing Co
Harvard Square
17 Dunster Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These juvenile justice standards deal with the choice of disposition within the maxima, as well as with the characteristics of each type of disposition and the situations in which dispositions, once imposed, may be modified.
Abstract: The standards recommend limiting and structuring the discretion of all officials given authority over delinquent youth. Toward this end, the legislature is given a larger and more specific role in setting maximum dispositions, and courts are given greater authority over the nature and duration of dispositions than is currently the case. One grouping of standards provides criteria to guide courts in exercising their discretion to choose among dispositions that range from outright release to the maximum disposition provided by statute. Under the recommended scheme, the category and duration of a disposition are determined with reference to the seriousness of the offense as modified by the degree of culpability indicated by the circumstances of the case and the age and prior record of the juvenile. Courts are directed to use the least restrictive alternative consistent with these considerations. Another grouping of standards describes the various options available to a sentencing judge, divided into the general categories of nominal, conditional, and custodial dispositions. The standards recognize the obligation of the State to provide services to juveniles under correctional supervision. Where services required as part of a disposition are not or cannot be provided, the court is directed to use an alternative disposition of no greater severity or to discharge the juvenile. Courts, rather than correctional administrators or parole boards, are given the primary responsibility for modifying dispositions. Dissenting views are provided. No bibliography is included. (Author summary modified)
Index Term(s): Dispositions; Juvenile adjudication; Juvenile justice standards
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