CJ 350 Chapter 13 Lecture (Status Offenders) Winter 2011

CJ 350 Chapter 13 Lecture (Status Offenders) Winter 2011 -...

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    CJ 350 Dr. Kierkus February 2011 Status Offenders
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    Adult criminal courts only gain jurisdiction once an offense  has been committed. “We can’t help you until he does something!” The juvenile justice system has a different philosophy. Under  parens patriae  (“government as parent”) a juvenile  court may intervene: To support parental authority over children. To protect youth from themselves. To prevent antisocial behavior from escalating. To act in the best interests of a child when parents  aren’t present or are neglectful.    Introduction 
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    Sounds reasonable, but it raises questions: Do courts have the resources and expertise to  deal with a growing pool of “offenders”? Can courts resolve the interpersonal, social, and  psychological problems that underlie status  offense behaviors? In a free society, should courts ever intervene “for  someone’s own good”?  If so, what represents an appropriate  responses? Introduction
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    Arguments in support:   Status offenders have special  needs.  Juvenile courts can ensure that they  receive appropriate services. Status offenses are predictive of  criminal careers. Status offenders are at-risk of   victimization or injury. Arguments for Court Involvement in  the Lives of Status Offenders
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    Arguments in support:  Court oversight is necessary to ensure  “quality control” in treatment. Compulsory school laws rely on court 
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CJ 350 Chapter 13 Lecture (Status Offenders) Winter 2011 -...

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