Criminal Justice

1. There were important differences discussed between the Juvenile and Criminal Justice systems. Think about the young women in the film Prison State: Demetria Duncan and Christel Tribble. Both of them were arraigned in the Juvenile (Family) Court. In what ways did their experience demonstrate the rationale and sentencing goals of Juvenile Court? Did you see any evidence that their treatment was more like Criminal Court?

Prison State

2. Consider the different rationales for punishment: retribution, deterrence, incapacitation, and rehabilitation. Using examples from the film Prison State, explain which rationale for punishment seemed most effective for each of the four people who are featured in the documentary. Be sure that your answer includes a clear explanation of each rationale from course materials.

3. Using both the Lahey and Lyons articles, explain at least three reasons that youth advocates argue in favor of raising the age at which juveniles can be charged as adults. Then explain at least three reasons that victims’ rights advocates argue in favor of charging juveniles of any age as adults.

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