Project #30459 - Juvenile Justice

For this assignment, you will identify the roles and functions of an intake officer in the juvenile justice system. In addition, you will be assigned 3 different scenarios concerning juveniles and must assess and make a recommendation for each scenario.  

 

         

Scenario 1

It’s a new twist on the otherwise unfortunate theme of school violence. In September 1999, a San Francisco boy was caught with an electric stun gun used by police officers to subdue unruly suspects. The eighth-grader, a 14-year-old, shocked an electric stun gun into a classmate’s chest and pulled the trigger, and then he ran away. The incident happened at Hoover Middle School in San Francisco suburb. A counselor at the middle school apprehended the suspect after witnesses and the 11-year-old victim identified him. The 11-year-old victim suffered extensive burns and welts on his chest following the incident. He was treated at a hospital and then released to his parents. The 14-year-old suspect was charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of possession of a deadly weapon. [Adapted from the Associated Press, “Boy Shocks Classmate with Stun Gun.” September 8, 1999.]

Scenario 2

An 11-year-old boy, Denny A., was taken into custody by police officers in Knoxville, Tennessee, following the theft of a bicycle from a neighbor’s child. It was Christmas afternoon. Kenny A.’s parents were poor. Both worked at low-paying jobs in a textile mill and an auto body repair shop. They couldn’t afford to buy Kenny A. many presents. But the neighbor’s child received a brand new red bicycle for Christmas. Kenny A. saw him riding the bicycle and decided he wanted it. He waited until the boy went into the house, then Kenny A. went to the neighbor’s yard, took the red bicycle to his own house, and, using his father’s spray paint cans, spray-painted the entire bicycle white. After the paint dried, Kenny A. rode the bicycle around the neighborhood. When the neighboring boy discovered his bicycle missing, he observed Kenny A. riding one just like it, only the bicycle was white. However, some of the red was showing through where Kenny A. had failed to cover all spots. The neighbor child told his dad about it, and the father called police. They investigated shortly thereafter and determined that Kenny A. was not the true owner of the bicycle. Kenny A.’s parents were shocked with what their son had done. [Adapted from the Associated Press, “Youth Repaints Stolen Bicycle.” January 15, 2002.]

Scenario 3

 

 

          Police officers in Ames, Iowa spotted a late-model automobile driving slowly down a city street at 2:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning. What attracted their attention was that no one appeared to be driving the vehicle. They pulled alongside the vehicle, [showed] their spotlight in the driver’s window, and spotted a blond head barely above the dashboard of the car. They announced on their loud speaker for the car to pull over, which it did. When police investigated, they discovered the driver to be a 9-year-old boy. He told officers his name and address, and that because he couldn’t sleep, he decided to “take a drive” in the family car. He said he took his father’s car keys and quietly opened the garage door. He had watched his father drive the car many times and was familiar with what to do. He had driven about 15 miles before the police stopped him. His parents were notified and they arrived at the scene to retrieve their other car and their child. [Adapted from the Associated Press, “Diverless Car Leads Police on Short Chase: Nine-year-old Driver Returned to Parents.” January 4, 2002.]

 Finally, you must compare and contrast between the juvenile and adult intake process.

DELIVERABLE

Write a report addressing each of the following elements. Your faculty member will provide you with the length requirements for your report.

  • Explain the role and function of an intake officer within the juvenile justice system.
  • Acting as an intake officer, what disposition (nominal, conditional, or custodial) would you recommended for each of the scenarios provided by your faculty member? Defend each of your recommendations. 
  • Explain how the intake process compares to the adult justice system, and the distinguishing factors.
  • Consider a profession in criminal justice other than an intake officer (i.e., police officer, prosecutor/defense attorney, correction officer, or other professional).  Describe how the intake officer’s recommendation could influence the behavior and/or actions of your chosen profession.  Do you think that this influence is appropriate?  Why, or why not?

    PROJECT OUTCOMES

    This assignment supports the following outcomes:

    • Identify the role, functions, and unique nature of the juvenile justice system.
    • Propose proper classification of juvenile cases.
    • Differentiate the juvenile justice system from its adult counterpart.
    • Argue the merits of the juvenile versus adult systems.
    • Evaluate how knowledge, skills, and attitudes learned in this course apply to their chosen careers.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 05/11/2014 05:30 pm
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