Juvenile Treatment Ethics

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To begin effectively determining a course or approach to juvenile punishment one must first consider the initial reasoning for the establishment of the juvenile court system. The “Best Interest of the Child” standard was created and consideration for the juvenile’s physical and psycho-social well-being was to be considered. (Silva, pg. 415) The establishment of Parens Patriae establishes the state as the “parent” for the child and is charged with the protection and restoration of a child. The need for establishing a treatment ethics based approach to juvenile punishment. Treatment Ethics are based on the idea that all criminal acts are symptoms of an underlying pathology, hence the idea of rehabilitation. Despite an increasingly retributive …show more content…

While juveniles are initially involved with the initial punitive portion of the process, there should be simultaneous development of an individualized treatment plan, testing/evaluations should be done to collect pertinent information and a through records review should be conducted. When we consider the cognitive and emotional development needs based on age, we must acknowledge the inability of juveniles to fully process and understand the magnitude and long reaching effects of their actions. Thus, it should be charged to the system a “parens patriae” to educate, therapeutically intervene and in doing so protect the juvenile long term. In this process the development of effective conflict resolution skills could be taught through a mediation of sorts, where the ability to avoid acknowledgement is taken away and an emotional restorative justice model is implemented. Essentially, the juvenile and victim would need to mediate and restore the psycho-social needs of all parties involved to include

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