State and local jurisdictions throughout the United States enacted a wide array of new juvenile justice policies in recent years. Many of these policies were intended to make the juvenile justice system tougher, but others improved prevention, increased rehabilitation, and enhanced the restorative features of the juvenile justice system.Continue reading Reviving Juvenile Justice in a Get-tough Era
Problem-solving courts have become a significant feature of the U.S. justice system, and their popularity appears to be growing internationally with courts underway or in development in counties such as Australia and Great Britain.Continue reading Introduction: Problem-solving Courts
Youth charged with delinquency offenses in U.S. juvenile courts cannot assert a right to speedy trial. As with several other rights enjoyed exclusively by adults (e.g., trial by jury, consideration of bail), a federal right to speedy trial is not provided for juveniles.Continue reading Is Juvenile Justice Just Too Slow?
Young offenders have not been provided with a Constitutional right to speedy trial. Yet, concerns about timeliness are often equally pressing in the juvenile court. This study examines the timing of juvenile justice by analyzing delinquency case processing in nearly 400 jurisdictions.Continue reading Necessarily Relative: Is Juvenile Justice Speedy Enough?
The U.S. Supreme Court mandated greater due process protections for juveniles, including the right to counsel and the protection against self-incrimination. Jurists and policy makers should consider whether young offenders should also have the right to a “speedy trial.”Continue reading Speedy Trial in the Juvenile Court
This article examines the extent to which unnecessary delays exist in the processing of juvenile court cases and analyzes the causes and effects of delay. Includes recommendations for national standards or policy initiatives.Continue reading Delays in Juvenile Justice: Findings from a National Survey
The juvenile justice system during the 1980s failed to live up to the goals it set for itself during the 1960s and 1970s, particularly in the use of secure facilities.Continue reading Business as Usual: Juvenile Justice Policy During the 1980s
This article examines hospital records for adolescent psychiatric discharges and compares adolescent and young adult patients (ages 18-22) on demographic characteristics, diagnosis, and source of payment to test the relationship between insurance and length of stay.Continue reading Access to Insurance and Length of Psychiatric Stay Among Adolescents and Young Adults Discharged from General Hospitals