CJ 350 Chapter 1 Lecture (Winter 2011)

CJ 350 Chapter 1 Lecture (Winter 2011) - CJ350 Dr.Kierkus...

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    CJ 350 Dr. Kierkus January 2011 The Context of Juvenile Justice:  Basic Concepts and Public  Perceptions of Juvenile Crime.
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    Introduction “Juvenile Justice” is a historically recent development. Traditionally: children = little adults. Even today people lack a clear understanding of how  juvenile justice works. Tries to rehabilitate, reform kids? Coddles them?  Gives them slaps on the wrist? Criminal justice system Jr. (“get tough”)? In this course we will try to determine what the most  appropriate responses to the antisocial behaviors of  youths should be? What are the best approaches and why? Is the present juvenile justice system achieving this?
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    Before we can explore the concept of “juvenile  justice” we must understand the concept of “juvenile  delinquency”. Legal definitions. Includes  status  and  criminal offenses  defined in a  particular juvenile code (in other words, anything that can  place an adolescent under the authority of a juvenile court).  Such definitions: Are extremely broad.  Vary from State to State. Are uncritical of the legal process.
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