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Briefly describe the argument for juvenile justice reform offered in of Scott and Steinberg’s book.

1. One of the arguments made for merging the juvenile justice system with the criminal justice system is that, at this point, regardless of the terminology used, they are quite similar in terms of their orientation and how they deal with offenders. (a) Is the juvenile justice system really a “wholly owned subsidiary” of the adult system (Feld, p. 73)? (b) Why or why not? (c) Should the juvenile court be merged with the adult justice system? (e) Discuss the reasons for/against your position on this question. Be sure to draw on all relevant readings (e.g., Feld, Crippen, Dawson) from this module in supporting your position.

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2. (a) Briefly describe the argument for juvenile justice reform offered in Chapter 8 of Scott and Steinberg’s book. (b) What are the potential benefits and limitations of the approach they suggest? (c) How much of a departure is this from the way things are currently done? (d) Evaluate the conclusions that they reach in the chapter that follows (Chapter 9) regarding the willingness of the public, political leaders, and practitioners to take a different approach to doing juvenile justice. Perform a quick web search in recent news around States’ juvenile justice policies. (e) Are there any examples to suggest Scott and Steinberg might be correct?


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