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Juvenile Justice: Evaluation (MacArthur Foundation Reports)

Explain the concerns in the evaluation and assessment of juvenile offenders within juvenile forensic psychology for competence, culpability and adolescent potential for change.

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Juvenile Justice

Evaluating and assessing juveniles in the justice system takes on different considerations in comparison to adult evaluation and assessment. This is primarily because juvenile crime are committed by youths under 18 and these means that as human beings, they are still in their adolescence and not considered legally fully culpable for their crimes - and they are the responsibility of society to develop, support and protect from negative socialization that can potentially lead to negative life outcomes. according to Cauffmann, Woolard & Repucci (1999), "adolescent offenders have been subject to the processes and consequences of the juvenile justice system, which was designed to rehabilitate the immature adolescent while balancing public safety concerns." The MacArthur Foundation's collection of research on juvenile justice is aimed at critically analyzing the current juvenile justice system so that (2003), "questions about the structure, necessity, and efficacy of the present system," ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of juvenile justice in relation to concerns over culpability, competence and rehabilitation based on the MacArthur Foundation study. resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.