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    You have been doing research on some aspects of the juvenile justice system. You need to compare the differences between the juvenile and adult court systems for an upcoming meeting. Use the following examples to illustrate the differences between the two systems:

    Jan, a 16-year-old girl, has been caught stealing an automobile.
    Kim, a 24-year-old woman, has also been caught stealing an automobile.
    What are Kim's and Jan's court processes going to be like? Are there any differences? Will their outcomes be the same? Will one be treated harsher than the other?

    -Summarize the social characteristics of the juvenile court system and accompanying laws.
    -Discuss issues related to treating the juvenile offender as an adult.

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    Jan is a 16-year old that has been caught stealing an automobile. Jan has been caught by the police and the police may refer the case of probation department. The juvenile may be booked at a juvenile hall. Petitions have to file in juvenile court, the cases are heard. If Jan is found guilty, then formal probation may be given to Jan. However, there are several reasons why this course may not take place in case of Jan. The police can warn Jan and release her or the police may detain her till her parents come and then release her after giving her warning. Even the probation department may decide whether to accept and book Jan or to release her. The probation department may recommend placement options like placing her n a home, foster care, youth authority or incarceration.

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    This posting gives an in-depth insight into the juvenile and adult court systems.