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Youth and the Justice System - Can We Intervene Earlier? Hearing Before the House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, New Orleans, Louisiana, on May 18, 1984

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These hearings, before the House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, concern early juvenile criminal justice intervention.
Emphasis is on factors which lead to behavioral problems of young people and what can be done to ameliorate these problems and prevent delinquency and incarceration. Testimony by two juvenile justice judges discusses the wide range of cases coming before the courts, the needs of the courts, and areas for preventive intervention. Two youths describe their experiences with the juvenile justice system. Descriptions of several innovative programs focusing on intensive, community-based treatment also are described. Research examining the extent of handicapping conditions, such as learning disabilities and emotional problems, among incarcerated juvenile delinquents is presented. Additional statements and materials discuss factors contributing to delinquency careers, the incidence and effects of child abuse and neglect, evaluation and treatment of learning disabilities, areas for reform in the social and justice systems, disruptive forces in American life, guardian ad litem and other programs serving children and adolescents.