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Design a fair juvenile justice system

Design a “Fair” Juvenile Justice System
“Kids have a great sense of fairness.  They are far less likely to commit another crime and more likely to respect the law and accept judicial intervention if they feel that they’ve been treated fairly.  Keeping kids out of the juvenile justice system is our goal.”

Judge Irene Sullivan, Raised by the Courts, p126
* You work as a staffer for a state congressional representative.  Your congresswoman agrees with Judge Irene Sullivan that ensuring that juvenile justice intervention is “fair” will help prevent juvenile crime. Your congresswoman, however, is concerned about the “fairness” of the juvenile justice system in your state.  She has asked you to meet with some youth who are currently juvenile justice involved in order to assess how the system could be more “fair.”  One of the youth you have come to know is a character in either True Notebooks or No Matter How Loud I Shout.

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* In a 10-12 page paper:

    * Choose a character in whichever book you read – True Notebooks or No Matter How Loud I Shout

    * Summarize the facts of the character and his/her case

    * Define what “fair” should mean

    * Design a “fair” juvenile justice system for this character

        * Consider all aspects of the juvenile justice system, including confidentiality of proceedings, arrest, interrogation, intake, diversion, pre-trial detention, adjudication, disposition, the victim’s perspective and expungement

        * Point out parts of the current system that already operate “fairly”

        * If your character falls into a category of a “special population,” please consider the “fairness” of the system in consideration of those needs

    * Explain how the system that is “fair” for your character may be unfair to others

    * Answer whether there are some universal guiding principle of fairness that apply regardless of an individual’s own circumstances that are currently incorporated in or should be adopted in the juvenile justice system

    * Respond to why your chosen character would view your created juvenile justice system as more “fair” than the current system and why this is important

    * Share other measures that could be put into place to ensure your character’s rehabilitation and to prevent your character from committing future crimes

* Please provide support for your proposed “fairer” system through social science research, caselaw and other secondary sources, such as law review articles.  All citations must be in Blue Book form.