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Title: Perspectives on Juvenile Status Offenders in North Carolina
Corporate Author: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government
United States of America
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 59
Sponsoring Agency: North Carolina Governor's Crime Cmssn
Raleigh, NC 27609
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-5381
Grant Number: 46-182-DO3-J002
Sale Source: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government
Knapp-Sanders Building
Campus Box 3330
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-5381
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined (1) how North Carolina's district courts are handling status offenders (especially 'chronic' offenders), (2) which approaches work best, and (3) the implications of the findings for State policy.
Abstract: The study analyzed data on the contacts of 491 alleged status offenders with the district courts in 7 counties from January 1, 1981, through June 30, 1982. Statewide data on juvenile petitions were examined; interviews were conducted with district court, school, and social services professionals in four counties; and the national literature was surveyed. The study found that the most frequent initial offense alleged for the 491 juveniles was running away, followed by truancy. Most were white females age 14 or older when the first complaint was filed. The report recommends that the State government be more attentive to the type and quality of preventive and remedial services provided status offenders and their families. It is recommended that there should be a more consistent statewide policy on how the district court should handle status offenders. Maps and tabular data are provided, along with a 10-item bibliography on causes of running away from home.
Index Term(s): Commission reports; Juvenile adjudication; Juvenile processing; Juvenile status offenders; North Carolina; Runaways; State juvenile justice systems
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