Juvenile Justice System

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction / Juvenile Justice

The juvenile justice system is a specialized legal system designed to handle cases involving minors who have been accused of committing crimes or engaging in delinquent behavior.

The purpose of the juvenile justice system is to provide rehabilitation, treatment, and support to young people who come into contact with the justice system while also holding them accountable for their actions.

The juvenile justice system is separate from the adult criminal justice system and is based on the premise that young people are different from adults and should be treated accordingly. The goal of the juvenile justice system is to focus on the rehabilitation of young people rather than punishment and to address the underlying issues that may have contributed to their criminal behavior.

The juvenile justice system typically involves a range of organizations and professionals, including juvenile courts, probation offices, social workers, mental health professionals, and other community-based programs and services. The system may include a variety of interventions, such as counseling, community service, probation, and residential treatment, depending on the severity of the offense and the needs of the young person.

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Last Modified: 03/09/2023


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