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Abnormal Psychology & the Law Mental Health Issues in Juvenile Justice
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The Juvenile Court Background of the juvenile court Purpose/goals Changes over time Critical cases
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Development of Juvenile Court 1899: Cook County, Illinois Established under parens patriae doctrine Children need the guidance of a benevolent court looking out for their best interests Rehabilitation, not punishment, the goal Attention to offender, not offense Not criminal proceedings Less structure, more leeway, fewer safeguards
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The First 50 Years Quickly spread across the country Little to guide standard responses Questions about effectiveness of treatment, rehabilitative models Over time, responses became more punitive
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Changes in the 1950s & 1960s In re Gault (1967) The crime The “trial” The penalty The consequences of juvenile court Little protection Not always a benevolent parent
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The US Supreme Court decision “Under our Constitution, the condition of being a boy does not justify a kangaroo court”
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