ERIC Number: ED237857
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Criminal Justice Information Policy. Privacy and Juvenile Justice Records.
Belair, Robert R.
Elected officials, justice professionals, courts and other institutions of our society are contributing to a reevaluation of juvenile justice information policy. The tenet that juveniles who commit crimes are not culpable is being challenged as the public's safety and economic well being is increasingly threatened by children engaged in criminal behavior. This document reviews the criminal justice information policy as it relates to confidentiality and juvenile justice in an attempt to identify those qualities of the policy which protect juveniles in a way that reflects the principles and character of the society. Part 1 describes the history and philosophy of the juvenile justice system with particular attention to juvenile record confidentiality. Part 2 focuses on the creation and maintenance of juvenile justice records from law enforcement and court system perspectives. Part 3 reviews disclosure of records including sealing and purging according to federal and state laws, sharing of records with the juvenile and adult justice systems, and accessibility and disclosure of records to subject, researchers, organizations, media, and the public. Part 4 focuses on confidentiality and media access, while Part 5 reviews the debate over confidentiality versus publicity. (BL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Authoring Institution: SEARCH Group, Inc., Sacramento, CA.