ERIC Number: ED211642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Juvenile Injustice: Dilemmas of the Family Court System.
This report, based on a study of delinquency cases in the Bronx and Brooklyn family courts, examines the juvenile justice system in New York City. The study considered the following questions; (1) To what extent were problems being experienced by the court at various stages in the processing of cases? and (2) To what underlying forces might the problems be attributed? Following interviews with lawyers, corporation council members, probation officers, district attorneys, and judges, a tracking study of 500 juvenile offenders was conducted. Typically, the youngsters selected came from low income, single parent families. Findings include a review of print media accounts of the alleged breakdown of decision making in New York's family courts, and the outcomes of cases. Also examined are: (1) the extent to which the delay and incidence of dismissals can be explained on the basis of inefficient bureaucratic procedure and environmental demands; (2) the question of whether the court's malfunction can be traced to the advantaged position of the Legal Aid Society's defense attorney relative to that of the corporation counsel or prosecuting attorney; and (3) the issue of relative advantage in the family court adversarial relationship with regard to the differential success of public defenders and prosecutors in delinquency proceedings. Included as an appendix is a detailed discussion of juvenile justice reform in New York State. (JCD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York Community Trust, NY.; Florence V. Burden Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Community Service Society of New York, NY.
Identifiers: New York (Bronx); New York (Brooklyn); Sentencing
Note: Also supported in part by the North Shore Unitarian Veatch Program.