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DEFERRED PROSECUTION - THE JUVENILIZATION OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

NCJ Number
26258
Journal
Federal Probation Volume: 38 Issue: 2 Dated: (JUNE 1974) Pages: 46-50
Author(s)
R W BALCH
Date Published
1974
Annotation
THE POTENTIALLY SERIOUS THREAT TO INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY WHICH IS POSED BY DEFERRED PROSECUTION DIVERSIONARY PROGRAMS IS EXAMINED.
Abstract
THE AUTHOR'S COMMENTS ARE BASED LARGELY UPON THE WORKINGS OF THE GENESEE COUNTY, MICH. CITIZENS PROBATION AUTHORITY (CPA). HE POINTS OUT SUCH SIMILARITIES BETWEEN DEFERRED PROSECUTION AND JUVENILE PROBATION HEARINGS AS ABSENCE OF DEFENSE COUNSEL AND THE IMPLICIT ASSUMPTION OF GUILT, AND SEES IN THESE THINGS GREAT POTENTIAL FOR PROSECUTORIAL HARASSMENT OF THE ACCUSED AND ABUSE OF THE DUE PROCESS OF LAW.