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ERIC Number: ED441052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 47
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Reducing Unnecessary Delay: Innovations in Case Processing. Pathways to Juvenile Detention Reform 5.
Henry, D. Alan
This report discusses how to reduce unnecessary delay in the juvenile justice system, presenting data from the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). Chapter 1, "Why Focus on Unnecessary Delay?" explains the negative effects of unnecessary delays. Chapter 2, "Guiding Principles," examines principles inherent in all case processing reforms undertaken by JDAI sites (e.g., the end goal is not speed, but improved justice; custody levels alone should not drive case processing changes; and no court should be scheduled without a purpose). Chapter 3, "Opportunities for Case Processing Reform," emphasizes specific points in processing delinquency cases where unnecessary delay might occur (post-arrest, the initial appearance, pending adjudication, adjudication to disposition, and disposition to placement). Chapter 4, "System-Wide Efforts," discusses other broader efforts to address unnecessary delays (creating a position dedicated to tracking all cases in the system and expediting those suitable for earlier scheduling and release; focusing specifically on transfer, or waiver, cases tried in adult court; and reviewing all detained cases). Chapter 5, "Lessons Learned," discusses common lessons learned by JDAI sites. Chapter 6, "Getting Started," explains how to begin examining and improving case processing. (Contains 11 references and resources.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.