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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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Rehabilitation, Youth Part Style

Rehabilitation, Youth Part Style

(p.61) Chapter Three Rehabilitation, Youth Part Style
Courting Kids

Carla J. Barrett

NYU Press

This chapter reveals some of the many challenges that arose in the day-to-day case processing of young defendants and details the strategies employed by the court in response to them. Using courtroom narratives of individual defendants, the chapter illustrates how the Manhattan Youth Part adopted a rehabilitative model of youth justice by employing a statute from the 1940s called the Youthful Offender Law. The statute allows some kids to avoid lifelong felony records. Usage of the statute tells how, in pursuit of rehabilitative goals, the Manhattan Youth Part utilized intentional delay, calculated judicial discretion, and how the development of a unique courtroom culture provided an alternative to, and indeed a subversion of, the retributive goals of the Juvenile Offender Law.

Keywords:   Manhattan Youth Part, youth justice, statute, Youthful Offender Law, lifelong felony record, intentional delay, judicial discretion, Juvenile Offender Law

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