ERIC Number: ED434978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
A Juvenile Justice System for the 21st Century. Juvenile Justice Bulletin.
This bulletin describes the objectives and elements of an effective juvenile justice system and suggests legislative and administrative strategies for its implementation. An effective juvenile justice system must meet the three objectives of holding the juvenile offender accountable, enabling the offender to become a capable and productive citizen, and ensuring the safety of the community. To ensure that juvenile justice interventions are swift, certain, and consistent, the system must contain elements that: (1) include a mechanism for comprehensively assessing a juvenile; (2) have the capacity to provide a range of treatment services; and (3) incorporate increasingly severe sanctions and enhanced treatment services. Critical components include preadjudicated detention, graduated sanctions for adjudicated delinquents, and quality case management and service integration. Many benefits can be expected from a carefully conceived, properly implemented, and adequately funded juvenile justice system in the 21st century. (Contains 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Note: An earlier version of this Bulletin was published in "Crime & Delinquency" 44(1):89-101, 1998, Sage Publications, Inc.