Future of Juvenile Justice

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The Future of Juvenile Justice
Clinton Hardy, Dominique Whitlock
CJA /374
March 18, 2012
Bruce Clingan

The Future of Juvenile Justice
The state of juvenile justice system in American is at a crossroad. It is important that the states take more of an imitative at the local level to ensure the important components of the juvenile justice system are being met. This is a proposal for the juvenile justice system to adopt some of the aspects of the adult system by building a state of the art facility that houses probation, home confinement, work release, and community service all in one place. The necessity for these services is crucial to the commitment to rehabilitation of youthful offenders. This project is a joint venture with the Department of Corrections, the city government, and the Department of Juvenile Justice. There are three areas that this proposal will address as far as social need and the explanation for these services. The three areas of deficiency that have to be addressed in relation to delinquency are family life and financial need, diagnosis of mental disabilities, and the likelihood of offending based on ethnic background. The purpose of this new facility is not to punish, but to get to the root of the reason for offending.
Mental Health of Juvenile Offenders
The most effective way to diagnose the problems associated with juveniles who offend or continue to offend is to make sure that all offenders, at one point or another, have had a mental health evaluation. So many of mental issues associated with juveniles go ignored or unnoticed. If these issues are recognized ahead of time then a case manager can create a comprehensive plan of action geared toward treatment. Rosenbaum said it best when he stated the following:
It is clear that a sizeable portion of youths in juvenile facilities has significant mental health needs. An adequate…...

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