Juvenile delinquents in the United States are adjudicated through a criminal justice system that is separated from adults. The primary goal of the juvenile justice system is to rehabilitate the juveniles that step outside of the lines to make them productive members of society as adults. The juvenile justice system is not perfect, and there are opponents who argue the current system is too harsh and the protections the delinquents receive are too few. A debate over abolishing the juvenile justice system is not our purpose here. Rather, we will discuss several approaches to the American juvenile justice that include a variety of policies and programs. You will argue which one is the most effective.
Upon successful completion of the course material, you will be able to:
Justify the effectiveness of a juvenile justice policy
Textbook: Criminal Justice Policy: Origins and Effectiveness
In this assignment, you will post a video response to the discussion thread using a tool called Video Note. If this is the first time you have used the tool, review the provided resources first.
Before you record your video, draft a response to the questions posed in the instructions. This will become your “script” for the video. Planning what you say is important because your video recording is limited to three minutes. The Video Checklist contains public-speaking techniques that will not only improve the delivery and quality of your video note but can be applied to any public-speaking situation. You will respond to your classmates’ videos by writing a response. You do not need to respond using Video Note.
Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
Read Chapter 6 of Criminal Justice Policy: Origins and Effectiveness
To prepare for this activity using the Video Note tool, watch/read the following:
Using Video Note
Review the Video Checklist to become aware of areas that inexperienced speakers tend to overlook.
Navigate to the threaded discussion and respond to the prompts:
Select a juvenile justice policy from the list below that you believe is most effective.
Teen Courts and Status-Offender Programs
Briefly explain the juvenile justice policy you selected.
Justify the effectiveness of the policy. State the advantages of the policy you picked over the other juvenile justice policies that you did not select.
RESPONSE TO THE PROMPT:
Cite all sources and use proper APA formatting for all in-text citations and references.
Your response to the discussion prompt is due by the end of the fourth day of the workshop.
Read all of the discussion postings and respond to at least two (2) of your classmates’ postings, as well as follow-up instructor questions directed to you, by the end of the workshop.
While students may agree with each other, each follow-up posting is expected to go beyond just agreeing. Each follow-up posting should add something original, substantive, and course-related to the discussion.
Your follow-up postings should engage classmates and move the discussion forward in intentionally scholarly ways. Some ways to do this include:
introducing related information from an appropriate source that is professional, reliable and valid
including a direct quote from the text along with your observations about the importance of the quote within the context of the discussion
including a paraphrase of the text/assigned reading (with an in-text citation that includes a page number)
challenging commonly-held thinking by introducing published research findings
examining a workshop concept from a scholarly perspective that is not addressed in the text
providing applicable illustrations from current events
pointing out connections/common ideas/themes discussed so far
The expectation is that students post their response to the prompt and follow-up postings on at least three (3) different days during the workshop to demonstrate full engagement.
Students are expected to cite all sources and use proper APA Style formatting for all in-text citations and references.
Students are expected to employ proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.