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Chapter 1: An Overview of Juvenile Justice in the United States Objectives Explain the concept of parens patriae . Differentiate between the types of juvenile offenders, including delinquents and status offenders. Explain the structure of the juvenile justice system and the roles and functions of various juvenile justice agencies. Summarize how juvenile offenders are processed through the criminal justice system. Understand the meaning of the deinstitutionalization of status offenders. Chapter Summary The juvenile justice system is an integrated network of agencies, institutions, and organizations that process juvenile offenders. Its essential components are law enforcement, prosecution and the courts, community and institutional corrections, and aftercare. Considerable diversity exists among states in the structure and operations of the juvenile justice system. State statutes stipulate the maximum age limits for youth used by juvenile courts. The most common maximum age for juvenile court jurisdiction is 17, although maximum age limits of 18, 16, and 15 are found in some states. Lower age limits also vary, with some juvenile courts having

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