This centennial collection of essays and original research studies captures the varied spectrum of philosophies and concerns of the Board and staff of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) over the past century . The criminological experts represented in this volume are renowned for their study and research into the far reaches of this field of study. As a chronicle of the NCCD’s development, editors Barry Krisberg, Susan Marchionna, and Christopher Baird include some of the most groundbreaking material to come out of the workings of this unique American institution.
Chapter 7: The Youth Service Bureau: A Key to Delinquency Prevention
The Youth Service Bureau: A Key to Delinquency Prevention
The Juvenile Court is in the process of change. Recent Supreme Court decisions—Kent, Gault, and Winship—have explicitly stated that minors are entitled to the same constitutional protection as adults. Yet over half the cases referred to juvenile and family courts concern truancy, incorrigibility, waywardness, and other behavior that would not bring an adult to trial. Such behavior—as well as petty theft and other minor offenses—is often an indication that the youngster and his family need social services, not court processing. Furthermore, if community situations have contributed to his behavior, these should be changed.
It is imperative that states and communities take greater responsibility for providing effective out-of-court services for ...