CJ 350 Diversion Lecture (Winter 2011)

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

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    CJ 350 Dr. Kierkus March 2011 Juvenile Diversion Programs
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    The purpose of diversion is to avoid formal  involvement with the justice system. Worry that formal responses may: Cause youth to develop a delinquent self-image. Stigmatize the youth in the eyes of others. Subject youth to inhumane treatment. Diversion takes many forms: Warn and release. Counseling and rehabilitation. Community service. Introduction
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    Efforts to spare youth the harshest  punishments are nothing new. Law enforcement has always practiced informal  diversion. Even houses of refuge can be seen as diversion  from the adult system. The 1960s encouraged the development of  specialized diversion programs. Youth service bureaus (YSBs) established by  Presidential Commission.  Early Efforts at Diversion
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    YSBs had the following goals: Divert juveniles from the juvenile justice process. Involve youths in decision-making.  Develop services for youth and families. Provide case coordination. Faced problem of voluntary participation  (both in staffing and of clients). Most discontinued when Federal funding  dried up in the 1970s. Early Efforts at Diversion
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  Many people doubt the reformative potential  of courts, jails and prisons. Particularly for status / minor offenders. Perhaps these offenders don’t need to be punished  at all? Labeling perspective : Labels can cause alienation from law-abiding  youth. Labels reduce opportunities to participate in  employment, relationships, and pro-social  activities. Cause youth to see themselves as criminals.
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2011 for the course CJ 350 taught by Professor Kierkus during the Winter '11 term at Grand Valley State University.

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