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"Assessing Juvenile Offenders" Please respond to the following: Review the Juvenile Justice System Structure & Process case flow diagram on the U.S. Department of Justice website, located at . Which aspect of this system do you find to be the most significant in working with juveniles? Remember to keep in mind early intervention, and the purpose of the system. Research the juvenile system in your home state--what methods do they use to rehabilitate or intervene with the youth. Can you support its effectiveness? Compare this to the 3 types of prevention interventions mentioned in the text. In my opinion, the most significant aspect in the Juvenile Justice System is the adjudication decision and the disposition hearing. After the adjudication decision is made, the probation staff assess the available support programs based on a detailed understanding of the juvenile. These programs and systems are used to help facilitate corrective behaviors about the issues that the youth has presented. Some of these systems/programs include drug counseling, restitution, or committed to residential placement. I am currently involved with a case where my former neighbor’s grandson, who was twelve (12) at the time, molested our other neighbor’s four (4) year old daughter. I won’t get into the lengthy details, but as of right now the grandson is in a level three (3) facility to help him with sexual behavior issues. At this time, he will remain in the facility for six (6) months then there will be a reassessment. He is facing two (2) counts of child rape. Before being placed in the residential facility that he is currently in, he spent several months in a local boy’s home going through court appearances, therapy, and assessments to evaluate the best placement for his behavioral issues and himself. The following are the programs available in the state of Tennessee, along with a description: Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) refers to the disproportionate number of minority youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. Section 223(a) (22) of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002 broadened the scope of DMC from "disproportionate minority confinement" to "disproportionate minority contact," requiring an examination of potential disproportionate representation from secure detention and confinement to all decision points within the juvenile justice

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