The Role of Police, Courts and Department of Corrections in Juvenile Justice System

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The Role of Police, Courts and Department of Corrections in the Juvenile Justice System
James Francis
Juvenile Delinquency
American Military University
Professor Robert Arruda The Role of Police, Courts and Department of Corrections in the Juvenile Justice System
The juvenile justice system brings the juvenile delinquent in contact with the local police, the court system and if found guilty, the Department of Corrections. This paper will discuss the role of the police, the courts and the Department of Corrections in the juvenile justice system, and which method best reduces future recidivism of juvenile delinquency.
The role of the police in cases concerning juvenile delinquency is influenced by factors such as individual,
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Once the juvenile has been detained and summoned into the juvenile court system, the court system follows the basic ideals: that the court should function as a social clinic designed to serve in the best interest of the youth in trouble; that the youths should be given the same care, supervision, and discipline as a good parent would provide; that the aim of the court is to help, to restore, to guide, and to forgive; that the youths should not be treated as criminals; and that the right to shelter, protection, and proper guardianship are the only rights of youths (Bartollas, C. 2011). Under these guidelines the courts tries and sentences the juvenile in the best possible way to rehabilitate and reform the youth. There have been numerous changes in the juvenile court system in order to allow the system to become different than that of the adult court system.
Once sentence into the juvenile corrections system the judge has different options, other than the traditional adult facilities to send the juvenile to in order to insure the best possible form of rehabilitation and reform option to the child. This can be probation, residential or day treatment facilities, or a form of institutional placement. Each option involves different options within the category to allow for the youth to receive the best possible means of rehabilitation for them. In the instant of
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