Chapter

The Sex Offender in Juvenile Court

in An American Travesty

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780226983578
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226983592 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226983592.003.0005
The Sex Offender in Juvenile Court

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This chapter outlines the strategic objectives and assumptions of modern juvenile courts in delinquency cases, and measures these assumptions against the known facts about adolescent sex offending and offenders. The fundamental question for this analysis is whether the assumptions and objectives on the part of modern juvenile courts regarding delinquents generally are appropriate also for sex offenders who come under the court's jurisdiction. If so, then the most appropriate policy environment for such offenders is American juvenile courts, which are informed by the age-specific policies of police and probation officials, and correctional agencies that have grown around such courts. But if, on the other hand, a sharp difference is found between the juvenile sex offender and the juvenile burglar, adjustments in treatment modalities and goals must be made before specific policies are designed.

Keywords: juvenile courts; delinquency cases; correctional agencies; sex offenders; treatment modalities; legal policies

Chapter.  5480 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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