Courting Kids

Courting Kids

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Despite being labeled as adults, the approximately 200, 000 youth under the age of 18 who are now prosecuted as adults each year in criminal court are still adolescents, and the contradiction of their legal labeling creates numerous problems and challenges. In Courting Kids Carla Barrett takes us behind the scenes of a unique judicial experiment called the Manhattan Youth Part, a specialized criminal court set aside for youth prosecuted as adults in New York City. Focusing on the lives of those coming through and working in the courtroom, Barretta€™s ethnography is a study of a microcosm that reflects the costs, challenges, and consequences the a€œtough on crimea€ age has had, especially for male youth of color. She demonstrates how the court, through creative use of judicial discretion and the cultivation of an innovative courtroom culture, developed a set of strategies for handling a€œadult-juvenile a€ cases that embraced, rather than denied, defendantsa€™ adolescence.Calendar Days in the Youth Part Mundanity and Drama a€œCalendars daysa€a€” usually Fridaysa€”were set aside in the Manhattan Youth Part for the ... in on cases awaiting the slow progression of legal matters, or checking in with kids who had been assigned to alternative-to-incarceration (ATI) programs. ... Occasionally, seven or even ten members of an extended family network would fill up the audience.

Title:Courting Kids
Author: Carla J. Barrett
Publisher:NYU Press - 2013-01-01

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