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NCJ Number: 97933 Find in a Library
Title: Explorations in the Social Organization of Juvenile Justice The Importance of Non-Verbal Clues
Journal: Crime and Justice  Volume:7/8  Issue:3/4  Dated:(1979/1980)  Pages:226-231
Author(s): Anonymous
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 6
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: The procedures researchers employ in understanding and explaining the dynamics of an agency and the consequences for the agency's clients are discussed, using observations from juvenile and family court settings.
Abstract: In cases, key decisions often are made early in the justice process. They may be made by people and in ways that are not obvious unless one looks very carefully at informal processes and the roles played by administrative and clerical personnel. The way in which actors define a situation can vary across settings and influences the actors' decisionmaking. In addition, preconceived schedules for data gathering when used for studying dynamic processes may make it difficult to recognize the flexibility and range of activities which are included in a single actor's role. Conventional methodology often overlooks the unique characteristics of the people in the system. Finally, attention should be paid to the preparation and handling of written reports and the ways in which reports might influence the disposition of juveniles. It is suggested that these often overlooked considerations provide an image of reality that is different from that provided by those who control the system or by conventional data-gathering procedures. Eight references are included.
Index Term(s): Criminal justice research; Data collections; Juvenile Corrections/Detention Decisionmaking; Juvenile court procedures; Juvenile courts; Juvenile justice research; Nonverbal communications; Research methods
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