ERIC Number: ED366897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Kids, Crime, and Court: The Juvenile Justice System in Indiana.
Smith, Doreen L.
This report describes the complex system charged with making societal interventions and dispositional decisions designed to intervene successfully with Indiana's most wayward youth. It begins with a summary of national statistics and trends, noting that, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reports, in 1990 the United States experienced its highest juvenile violent crime rate ever, 430 arrests per 100,000 juveniles. Other statistics are reported, documenting a 332% increase from 1965 to 1990 in the overall murder arrest rate for juveniles and increases in the number of juvenile arrests made for weapons violations. Statistics are included which document that youth are experiencing an increasingly unsafe world on the streets, in schools, and at home. Causes for the increase in delinquency are considered and the public response is discussed. The next section of the report focuses on juvenile crime statistics in Indiana. This is followed by an overview of the juvenile justice system in Indiana including the system's statutory purposes and components. The report concludes with a description of the specific functions of the system as a youth would experience them: intake, detention, adjudication, disposition, and release. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Greenwich, CT.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Youth Inst., Indianapolis.