Punishment of Youthful Offenders

Evaluate the effectiveness of the contemporary juvenile court system. Assess the policies and practices of agencies involved in processing youthful offenders in this society. You have been asked by state legislators to submit an analysis of the effectiveness of juvenile sentencing. You need to evaluate whether indeterminate sentencing is appropriate for juvenile offenders and for which types of offenses. You’ve also been asked to consider whether the diversion of cases outside the juvenile justice system leads to lower rates of subsequent delinquent behavior than traditional processing.

Explain the pros and cons of indeterminate sentencing and its appropriateness for different types of juvenile offenders. Describe the impact of indeterminate sentencing on recidivism. Discuss the effectiveness of diversion programs for juvenile offenders. Use data to support your conclusions. Evaluate the effectiveness of restorative justice efforts. Do they reduce recidivism? Do they provide victims with greater satisfaction than traditional punishments? Illustrate your evaluation with examples (case studies) and data.





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