Date of Award

8-1-1979

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

Degree Name

M.P.A.

Department

Public Administration

First Advisor

Attorney Linwood Slayton

Abstract

The objective of this thesis is to present a rational plan of procedures designed to facilitate operation at the Fulton County Juvenile Court in the event of civil unrest, causing an influx of juveniles. Additionally, discussions have been presented to illustrate the need for this type of plan at the Fulton County Juvenile Court.

During civil disorder, the Fulton County Juvenile Court increases the probability of reducing its effectiveness and efficiency without a plan which directs court personnel regarding who will do what, when, where, and for how long. In processing juveniles in a manner which underscores the seriousness of act they commit, legislated time-limits must also be observed lest the rights of juveniles be abridged. As the Wayne County Juvenile Court of Detroit, Michigan experienced with its plan during civil unrest, the following were invaluable: (1) a prior determination of what or who will declare an emergency, and, (2) outlined communication, detention, intake, judicial, security, and general procedures. This plan for the Fulton County Juvenile Court has the same inclusions.

The primary sources of information included The Anatomy of a Riot by James H. Lincoln, Task Force studies on civil disorders and observations of juvenile court procedures by the writer. Other data was gathered from interviews and a juvenile court plan of Los Angeles, California.

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