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Juvenile justice and teen court

You were asked by the government to assess the juvenile delinquency program in a community in order to reform the existing program and perhaps add a few new ones. The government wants to increase reliance on alternative to incarceration programs, but needs to know if the current program is working. The government is thinking about adding more community programs, counseling, and after-school jobs for older juveniles. Include the following in your assessment

What is the name of the program being assessed?
Where is the program located?
Is the program cost-effective?
What positive impact is the program providing?
Will the program help to curb juvenile delinquency?
What are the negative sides of the program?

Include suggestions for improving the program
Explain your reasons for supporting or eliminating the program
Please be sure to provide references for all cited sources used.

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What is the name of the program being assessed?
Marion County Teen Court

Where is the program located?
Ocala, FL, in Marion county, Fifth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida

Is the program cost-effective?
Yes. It takes cases, mostly misdemeanors with some property crime felonies, out of the court system and into a system of their peers. The majority of participants are teens, and those teens are also previous offenders. The system helps break the potential cycle of crime because it is used for first time offenders only. And the punishments are not likely to result in jail time, another cost to the county and state. The difference is thousands. The typical teen court participant who successfully completes his or her sentence costs $480 each, while the average juvenile justice case in the formal court system costs between 3,500 and 50,000 dollars (Warren, 2013).

What positive impact is the program providing?
Less than 10% of offenders in the Teen ...

Solution Summary

A look at a juvenile justice program to help teens who have been arrested for misdemeanors and limited felonies.

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