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Juvenile Court Commitment Rates [microform] : The National Picture / Michael Sosin
Bib ID 5377981
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Sosin, Michael
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1979 
26 p. 
Summary

There is less geographic variation in the commitment rate of juvenile offenders than is commonly assumed. Apparently, judges across the country develop a similar standard of what percentage of youths they face should be committed. This standard may be similar across the country because it represents broadly shared ideals. However, there is much larger variation among courts in the rate of informal handling of cases involving juvenile offenders, and the indications are that the informal rate is largely determined by the way contiguous courts handle these cases, rather than reflecting rational strategies. These data indicate that elaborate mechanisms for controlling commitment rates might not prove useful, since juvenile courts are only slightly influenced by rational organization forms. More blunt approaches that acknowledge the existing reality of the institutions must be used. (Author/WP)

Notes

Sponsoring Agency: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Court Role.  |  Juvenile Courts.  |  Policy Formation.  |  Social Attitudes.  |  Social Problems.
Form/genre Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty
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