Juvenile Justice Process and corrections
January 27, 2014
Every child within the juvenile justice proceedings will receive an individualized plan for rehabilitation, (sometimes this may include punishment). This plan is specialized for the specific needs of the juvenile and with success the results will produce a law abiding and high functioning juvenile, in which will help guarantee these positive behaviors through adulthood.
Seventeen year old Xander L. is a black male with a history of gang affiliation amongst several criminal behaviors beginning at the age of 13 (i.e., stealing a purse, breaking and entering, and ...view middle of the document...
Once Xander is in custody his case is examined by the juvenile probation department. As a result of adequate facts, history of the juvenile, and facts in relation to Xander’s most recent offense, his case is then decided to be formally heard by the courts. Meanwhile Xander will be held in a secure facility for juveniles, prior to and during the trial.
The probation department discloses to the judge that although the minor has an extensive juvenile delinquent record since the age of 13, he has not portrayed violent behaviors, however possessing a concealed weapon is potentially dangerous and may be a red flag for future violent behaviors. Therefore, this should be considered during plan for punishment or rehabilitation.
Since Xander was arrested and charged with a crime (based on sufficient evidence and the circumstances surrounding the purpose of arrest), charges continue forward (University of Michigan Law school, n.d.).
Half of all juvenile arrests result in a formal hearing (What parents need to know, 2008.), this 50% of the juvenile cases has been proven to have sufficient evidence and circumstances surrounding the case that enables the system to continue on in a formal manner. Xander fits into this 50% of arrested juveniles.
During the hearing Xander pleads guilty to the crime in question, for there is sufficient evidence against him to prove his guilt, consequently the court then enters a disposition. From there Xander is charged and sentenced for his crime of possession of a concealed weapon. The judge then requires Xander to complete various duties as a result of his guilt.
The judge orders Xander, probation, educational classes, community service, counseling and to live momentarily in a residence other than his mothers. For probation is assigned in order to help deter future crimes committed by Xander by monitoring and restricting his behaviors. Educational classes are assigned in order for Xander to at least earn a GED, in which will please his mother as well as help enable future employment. Community service will help teach Xander...