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Unformatted text preview: le some features of this orientation remain,
some observers have noted that the juvenile justice system has moved in recent years toward a
retributive justice philosophy which gives first priority to punishment.1 Adolescents in general
are viewed increasingly through the lens of suspicion and threat, and delinquent youth are seen
primarily as offenders who deserve punishment rather than youth who present clear needs and
Moreover, the current juvenile justice system faces a crisis of confidence. Fear of violent
juvenile crime and a sense of frustration with both real and perceived system ineffectiveness are
fueling major changes in juvenile justice across the nation. If unchecked, these changes could
culminate in the elimination of a separate and distinctive justice system whose mandate is to
respond to youth crime. Unable to stem the tide of declining public support, the juvenile justice
system now finds increasing numbers of youth removed from its authority leaving a system
whose jurisdiction, influence, mandate and credibility are shrinking.
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2011 for the course CRJU 4230 taught by Professor Derekallen during the Spring '10 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.
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