ERIC Number: ED302788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Legal Dispositions and Confinement Policies for Delinquent Youth. State Legislative Report, Vol 13, No. 23.
National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.
This report explores current state laws regarding dispositional options for adjudicated delinquents; examines decision-making responsibility for placement, sentence length and discharge within state juvenile justice systems; and highlights some of the more innovative state approaches in juvenile justice dispositions and sentencing practices. Data for the report were gathered from a 50-state survey about statutory provisions and administrative practices regarding juvenile justice. Disposition options described include supervised release in the community; out-of-home placement in either a secure or non-secure setting; financial penalty; or service work. A section on deciding dispositions and placements explains that specific statutory prohibitions control the circumstances under which certain dispositions may be used, and that procedural checks have been instituted to disperse the decision-making power of the court. In the area of disposition or sentencing guidelines, the report states that guidelines are becoming more common in juvenile courts with about one-half of the states providing some general criteria for court and corrections personnel to utlize in determining sentences. The report concludes that states generally provide juvenile justice decision-makers with a wide range of dispositional options from which to fashion the most appropriate treatment plan for delinquent youth, but acknowledges that states have moved toward commitment procedures that limit the discretion of the juvenile courts or shift placements, sentence, and discharge decisions to others. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.