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"Formal Rationality, Substantive Justice, and Discrimination: A Study of a Juvenile Court"
Allan Horwitz and Michael Wasserman. Law and Human Behavior 4(1-2), March 1980, pp. 103-115.
Examines the extent to which a juvenile court uses legal, substantive, and discriminatory criteria in assessing disposition. Uses data obtained from police & court records of 464 adolescents aged 14-15, arrested in Newark, NJ, in 1973. Rutgers-restricted Access
"Some Misleading Conceptions in Sentencing Research: An Example and a Reformation in the Juvenile Court"
Allan Horwitz and Michael Wasserman. Criminology 18(3), November 1980, pp.411-424.
Based on an examination of 464 Newark, NJ, case records involving 14- & 15-year-olds arrested in 1973, it was found that social background variables were more important determinants of disposition than either "legal" or "extralegal" ones. Rutgers-restricted Access
"A New Newark: Rekindling Hope with New Community Courts"
Barbara Rose. ABA Journal 97(11), November 2011, pp.4
The Newark Community Solutions community court opened in early 2011 in the Newark Municipal Court. The community court promotes alternative sentencing to reduce recidivism and raise public trust in the courts. Rutgers-restricted Access

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