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The Juvenile Court Process Despite Good Intentions
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Introduction In 2004, 74% of youths taken into custody by police are referred to juvenile court. Juvenile courts processed more than 1.7 million delinquency cases in 2005. 949,300 (56%) referrals are petitioned (about 43% of arrests).
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Decision Points in Juvenile Justice Pre-Court Decisions Arrest (Custody vs. curbside adjustment) Complaint/Referral (vs. Police diversion) Juvenile Court Processing Steps Detention Hearing (Q: fx on processing?) Intake (Petition or Transfer vs. Diversion ). Adjudication Disposition
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The Intake Decision Court official deciding whether to file a court petition (vs. diversion). Step 1: Determine “legal sufficiency” Traditional Model (Step 2: Assessment) Intake/Probation worker files petition (consulting prosecutor). Q: why probation? Prosecutorial Model
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The Intake Decision Court official deciding whether to file a court petition. Traditional Model Intake/Probation worker files petition. Prosecutorial Model Prosecutor must approve intake officer’s decision to file a petition and its content and/or to dismiss or divert. OR Prosecutor makes decisions independently (except for very minor charges).
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Options at Intake Case Dismissal Diversion (a.k.a. informal adjustment).
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