The juvenile justice system is rooted in the principles of rehabilitation and the prevention of delinquency.

The juvenile justice system is rooted in the principles of rehabilitation and the prevention of delinquency. Current research focuses on the relationship between family and children, and how parenting programs may help keep minors out of juvenile courts.

The first interaction of a juvenile who commits a crime or a status offense is a police officer. The police must decide whether to take a child into custody, request that a child is detained following apprehension, or refer a child to the court. The decisions are made based on several key factors.

Based on an officer’s decision, a juvenile will enter the juvenile court process, which consists of the following:

  • intake screening
  • pretrial procedures
  • transfer (waiver) to adult court
  • adjudication
  • disposition
  • corrections/programs probation
  • custodial care
  • intermediate sanctions

As a juvenile detention officer, the local community college has asked you to be a guest speaker for the Introduction to Criminal Justice course. For this assignment, you will deliver a presentation about adult versus juvenile justice processes.

In your presentation, you should address the following:

  1. Compare and contrast the major processes in adult and juvenile justice:
  2. arrest procedures
  3. court intake and screening processes
  4. trial procedures, including the duties of all participants
  5. sentencing options
  6. housing in detention/jail/prison
  7. Determine if there is a difference in the recidivism rate of juvenile versus adult offenders. Explain your findings to your intended audience.

Incorporate appropriate animations, transitions, and graphics as well as speaker notes for each slide. The speaker notes may be comprised of brief paragraphs or bulleted lists.


Support your presentation with at least three scholarly or professional resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources may be included.


Length: 12-15 slides (with a separate reference slide)

Notes Length: 100 to 150 for each slide


Be sure to include citations for quotations and paraphrases with references in APA format and style. Save the file as PPT with the correct course code information.

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