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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




F. Douglas Prillaman


According to a nationwide study completed by the National Center for State Courts in 1980, apprehended juveniles are usually notified of their Miranda rights at various times from the point of contact with the police through and including the adjudicatory hearing. If the juvenile desires to relinquish those rights, he/she is required to sign a document attesting to his/her understanding of and wish to waive those rights. This descretionery privilege places the juvenile on the same Constitutional footing as an adult.;The purpose of this study was to examine the comprehension of Miranda rights by a sample population of juveniles within the public schools. It added a comparative dimension to the data reported by Grisso (1981) at the conclusion of a study in the St. Louis Juvenile Court. The two sets of data, when viewed in tandum, provide juvenile court judges with an empirical profile of juveniles whose waiver of Miranda rights require careful scrutiny. The data also provide guidelines to school administrators concerning the efficacy of curriculum content regarding Miranda rights and additional guidelines when dealing with possible "Miranda situations" on the school premises.



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