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Title: Community Dispute Settlement Center for Juveniles - A Technical Assistance Manual
Author(s): R Sikorski
Corporate Author: Ctr for Public Representation, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 78
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr for Public Representation, Inc
Madison, WI 53703
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
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This technical assistance manual was prepared to help Wisconsin counties and circuit courts apply for State funds to develop community dispute resolution centers to handle minor disputes involving juveniles. It outlines planning strategies, discusses the State's Children's Code, and surveys programs in other States.
Abstract: An historical overview of the new interest in community dispute resolution focuses on increasing formalization of juvenile court proceedings under Supreme Court rulings, diversion programs, and the emergence of other alternatives to the courts. An outline of procedures for planning and implementing a dispute resolution program emphasizes the following elements: developing a set of clearly stated objectives, choosing an administrative location, defining the community and the target population, defining the anticipated effect of the new program on existing juvenile justice programs, and identifying available community resources for implementation. The manual analyzes the impact of the Children's Code (Chapter 48) on dispute resolution program procedures, with attention to voluntariness and coercion, confidentiality, double jeopardy, time limits, due process, evidentiary procedures, offenses hearable, and staff liability. It concludes that Chapter 48 does not pose any significant barriers to implementing community dispute settlement projects. The manual concludes with critical comments on applying dispute resolution techniques to juvenile problems and recommendations for program development in Wisconsin. Charts, footnotes, and over 80 references are supplied. The appendix summarizes four juvenile dispute settlement programs which could be replicated in Wisconsin.
Index Term(s): Dispute resolution; Juvenile court diversion; Wisconsin
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