Alternatives to Detention

Week 10 Assignment – Alternatives to Detention

Introduction (n.d.) reported that a recent study
indicates that nearly two million juveniles are processed through juvenile
courts across the United States each year. Depending on the nature of the
crime, juveniles may face detention if they are adjudicated delinquent. Given
that the aim of the juvenile justice system is to rehabilitate, and many courts
are reluctant to detain criminal offenders, judges often consider alternatives
to detention. Such alternatives save taxpayer dollars while ensuring offender
accountability and imposing sanctions for criminal behavior.


If you work in the field of juvenile justice,
an awareness of the differences between the juvenile and adult systems and the
use of correct terminology are critically important. In this assignment, you
will examine the differences between the juvenile and adult system and
alternatives to detention for juveniles.



Write a 2–3 page paper in which you:


Explain, using original paraphrasing, three
differences between the juvenile justice system and the adult criminal justice

Describe three alternatives to detention that
juvenile courts currently use, with examples of such alternatives in practice.

Discuss clearly and succinctly the individual
benefits of imposing sanctions or punishments that do not involve removing a
juvenile offender from their family or community.

Support your writing with at least three credible,
relevant, and appropriate sources.

Cite each source on your source list at least
once within your assignment.

Format your citations in accordance with
Strayer Writing Standards.

For help with research, writing, and citation,
access the library or review library guides.

Write clearly and concisely in a manner that
is well organized, grammatically correct, and free of spelling, typographical,
formatting, and/or punctuation errors.

This course requires the use of Strayer
Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer
Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your
professor for any additional instructions.


The specific course learning outcome
associated with this assignment is:


Examine the juvenile court process and
alternatives for detention.

Reference No date. Youth Involved With the
Juvenile Justice System.