There has been tremendous debate among policy makers concerning what to do with young people who commit serious and violent crimes. Much of the discussion considers the ability of the juvenile court to handle the most serious offenders or whether these offenders should be transferred to the adult court system. Discuss the various perspectives on adjudication and sentencing of young people who are involved in serious offenses.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 25, 2018, 5:08 am ad1c9bdddf
Some States are improving the response of their juvenile justice systems to serious, violent, and chronic juvenile offenders by developing intermediate (third system) facilities or blended sentencing models. Other States have created separate youthful-offender institutions for juveniles adjudicated delinquent for serious or violent crimes or convicted and sentenced criminally under youthful-offender statutes.
For example, Colorado's Youthful Offender System, created in 1993, is designed to break down gang affiliation ...
Important social and legal factors influence juvenile sentencing
What important social and legal factors influence juvenile sentencing practices? Do these factors tie into the philosophy of the juvenile justice system? How?
How do different juvenile dispositions such as parole, counseling, and probation compare with each other? In your opinion, which juvenile disposition is most effective? Why?
In 1974, Robert Martinson published a study on the effectiveness of juvenile sentencing, "Effectiveness of Correctional Treatment: A Survey of Treatment Evaluation Studies." Martinson's ultimate and famous conclusion from his study was that "nothing works." Do you think this conclusion holds true today for juvenile corrections and dispositions? Why?
Does the current juvenile corrections system tie into the philosophy of the juvenile justice system? What could be some plausible alternatives to the current status quo in juvenile corrections?
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