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NCJ Number: 91402 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Information System and Records Access (JISRA) - Career Criminal Tracking and Information Systems (From Metropolitan Areas and Serious Juvenile Crime, 1982, Tape M-19 - See NCJ-91384)
Author(s): J P Steketee; E V Healey; J L Pirozzi; S Bilchik
Date Published: 1982
Sponsoring Agency: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Reno, NV 89507
Sale Source: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After briefly reviewing the development of the Juvenile Information System and Records Access (JISRA) in the opening presentation, the second speaker describes the characteristics and benefits of JISRA as implemented in the Rhode Island juvenile courts, with particular attention to its value in the processing of chronic and violent juvenile offenders.
Abstract: The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges was given a grant to study the state-of-the-art in systems technology used in the juvenile court, select the best features from existing systems, design a model for juvenile and family courts, and implement the model in a test site (Rhode Island). As implemented in Rhode Island juvenile courts, JISRA provides up-to-date case and offender information useful in case scheduling decisions and prosecutorial screening. In the latter area, prosecutors can access offender records to determine whether an arrested juvenile has a history of serious offenses, which is important in determining whether to transfer or recommend the waiver of the juvenile to adult court. The Rhode Island system is statewide, so it is possible to determine whether a juvenile has committed offenses in other counties of the State. A recommendation under consideration is the use of a standard definition of 'violence,' such that records can include an indication of whether such behavior was manifested in a given offense.
Index Term(s): Court information systems; Juvenile courts; Prosecutorial screening; Rhode Island; Violent juvenile offenders
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