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Waiting for Justice: Moving Young Offenders Through the Juvenile Court Process

NCJ Number
J A Butts; G J Halemba
Date Published
178 pages
This book documents the extent of processing delays in juvenile and family courts, identifies the correlates of delay and evaluates methods used to control delay.
This volume: (1) discusses the social, legal and organizational issues related to delays in the juvenile justice system; (2) presents findings from the research literature on the causes of delay in both the juvenile court and the adult justice system; (3) summarizes findings from a survey of judges, attorneys and administrators from 123 local juvenile justice systems; (4) presents three case studies of delinquency processing practices and delay problems in urban juvenile courts; (5) analyzes national patterns in delinquency case processing time using delinquency case records contributed to the National Juvenile Court Data Archive by jurisdictions across the country; and (6) presents conclusions and recommendations for juvenile justice professionals and policymakers. Tables, figures, references, notes, cases cited, appendix