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1 Criminal and Juvenile Justice Chapter 15 Criminal Justice System The means used to enforce standards of conduct required to protect individuals and property and to maintain a sense of justice in the community. More definitions… Crime : –an act that is seen as a threat to individual or community well-being. –an act committed or omitted in violation of a law. Law : a formal social rule that is enforced by a political authority 4 components of the criminal justice system: 1. Legislative component deems certain acts to be criminal. 4 components of the criminal justice system (cont’d): 2. Law enforcement component seeks to deter crime and to apprehend and prosecute lawbreakers. Who gets arrested? •Males •Young people •Racial minorities •Urban dwellers Juvenile Justice System • Delinquency : actions that would be criminal if an adult engaged in them. – Examples of status offenses: truancy, underage drinking, curfew violations, running away
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2 4 components of the criminal
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This note was uploaded on 01/06/2012 for the course SOCW 231 taught by Professor Marilynhall during the Fall '10 term at Collins.

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