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Juvenile Criminal Record Confidentiality


James Jacobs


New York University School of Law

June 5, 2013

in David Tanenhaus & Franklin Zimring, eds., Choosing The Future of Criminal Justice (NYU Press 2014)
NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 13-35

Abstract:     
Confidentiality of the juvenile's criminality and contacts wit the criminal justice system was central to the raison d'etre of the juvenile court. Consequently, juvenile court personnel and their legislative allies limited the disclosure of juvenile respondents' identities, criminal conduct and court processing. Nevertheless, to do its work, the court collected and shared a great deal of information. Even more information was purposefully and/or inadvertently disclosed by police departments. After the Gault decision, the commitment to confidentiality waned. By the 1980s, emphasis on government transparency and protecting society significantly undermined the policy and practice of juvenile justice system confidentiality. Without that commitment, the juvenile court and juvenile justice are very much weakened.

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Date posted: June 7, 2013  

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Jacobs, James, Juvenile Criminal Record Confidentiality (June 5, 2013). in David Tanenhaus & Franklin Zimring, eds., Choosing The Future of Criminal Justice (NYU Press 2014); NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 13-35. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2274871

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James B. Jacobs (Contact Author)
New York University School of Law ( email )
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1099
United States
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