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Courting KidsInside an Experimental Youth Court$
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Carla J. Barrett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814709467

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814709467.001.0001

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Calendar Days in the Youth Part

Calendar Days in the Youth Part

Mundanity and Drama

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(p.21) Chapter One Calendar Days in the Youth Part
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Courting Kids
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Carla J. Barrett

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814709467.003.0002

This chapter describes a typical calendar day in the Manhattan Youth Part courtroom and shows how delay, routinization, and drama characterize the court. Calendar days—usually Fridays—were set aside in the Manhattan Youth Part for the routine processing of ongoing cases. These days were full of legal case-processing activity, such as ordering reports from the probation department, making arrangements for a youth to have an intake appointment with an alternative-to-incarceration (ATI) program, or waiting for the court officers to “bring up” the next remanded kid. Delays often happened which stalled the legal process. They were the result of systemic malfunctions within the criminal justice system and largely beyond anyone's control. In addition, the chapter examines New York's transfer law, how this specialized court emerged, and the various court actors and the roles they played, with specific attention given to the racial, ethnic, class, and gender dynamics of the court.

Keywords:   calendar day, Manhattan Youth Part, courtroom, routinization, drama, case-processing, alternative-to-incarceration program, criminal justice system, New York's transfer law

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