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Juvenile Justice and Juvenile Delinquency

Case Studies Workbook, 1st Edition

By James Windell, Nicole Bain

CRC Press

108 pages

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Designed as supplemental material for juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice courses, Juvenile Justice and Juvenile Delinquency: Case Studies Workbook fills a void in current textbooks. This workbook provides a hands-on experience that helps students understand the kinds of court hearings that take place in juvenile and family courts. It presents information about actual cases and prompts students to make decisions and design court orders for typical juvenile court cases.

The case scenarios range from cases at the juvenile court intake level all the way to cases in which students must decide whether a young person should be waived into the criminal system to be tried as an adult.

The book allows students to compare their choices with those of the actual judge or referee, and also gives information as to the outcome for the young person after the court’s decision. This information helps students gauge the soundness of their own decisions based on the impacts of the actual decision reached by the judge or referee. Each chapter also contains statistics, facts, court decisions, and information about policies that enable a better understanding of the juvenile justice system.

This workbook provides a unique opportunity for students to experience what it is like to face decisions in the juvenile court system. By engaging with the information and cases laid out in a more hands-on manner than offered in typical related textbooks, students will gain a greater appreciation for the decisions juvenile court judges and referees have to make on a daily basis.

Table of Contents


Invention of the Juvenile Court

Chancery Courts

Parens Patriae

Juvenile Justice in the United States

An Age of Reform

The Child Savers

For Further Consideration

The Juvenile Justice Process

For Further Consideration


Scope of the Juvenile Justice System

Who Is a Juvenile?

Who Is a Juvenile Delinquent?

Juvenile Offenders

Jurisdiction over Parents

For Further Consideration

What Rights Do Juveniles Have in the Juvenile Court?

Fundamental Rights during Juvenile Proceedings

For Further Consideration

Who Are the Players in Juvenile Court Hearings?

The Judge

The Referee

The Prosecutor

The Defense Attorney

The Juvenile Defendant

The Parents

The Probation Officer or Court Caseworker

The Key Players

For Further Consideration

The First Step: Intake Hearings


Consent Decrees

A Juvenile’s Legal Rights at Intake

For Further Consideration


Decisions at Intake

Introducing the Intake Referee

The Options Available to the Intake Referee

The "Consent Docket"

You Make the Call in These Intake Hearing Cases

For Further Consideration

Initial Hearings

The Initial Hearing

Juvenile Detention

The Options Available to the Judge or Referee in a Preliminary Hearing

You Make the Call in These Preliminary Hearing Cases

For Further Consideration

Adjudication Hearings

Hearings Following the Initial Hearing

The Adjudication Hearing

The Options Available to the Judge or Referee in an Adjudication Hearing

You Make the Call in These Adjudication Hearing Cases

For Further Consideration

Disposition Hearings

The Disposition Hearing

Bifurcated Courts

What Is Determined during a Disposition Hearing?

The Options Available to the Judge or Referee in a Disposition Hearing

You Make the Call in These Disposition Hearing Cases

Learning More About Dispositions

For Further Consideration


Waiver Hearings

Waiver Hearings for Juveniles

The Purpose of Waiver to an Adult Court

You Make the Call in These Waiver Hearing Cases

Is It Better for the Juvenile to Be Adjudicated in a Juvenile Court or Be Waived for a Trial to an Adult Court?

For Further Consideration

Sentences after a Waiver Hearing

Sentencing of Juveniles

Supreme Court Decisions


Blended Sentences

Sentencing Options

You Make the Call in These Sentencing Cases Where a Juvenile Has Been Waived to an Adult Criminal Court

For Further Consideration


Violation of Probation Hearings

Violation of Probation

You Make the Call in These Probation Violation Hearing Cases

For Further Consideration

Neglect and Abuse Hearings

Child Abuse and Child Neglect

You Make the Call in These Neglect and Abuse Cases

For Further Consideration

Review Hearings

Review Hearings

You Make the Call in These Review Hearing Cases

For Further Consideration

Drug Courts

You Make the Call in These Juvenile Drug Cases Where a Juvenile Has Been Referred to the Drug Court

For Further Consideration


Appeals of Juvenile Court Cases

Habeas Corpus

For Further Consideration

Wrapping It Up

About the Authors

James Windell, MA, has been a juvenile court psychologist, an author, a newspaper columnist, an editor, and a criminal justice college instructor. He worked in the juvenile justice system for over 35 years. Most recently, he was a psychologist in the Oakland County Circuit Court’s Family Division in Oakland County, Michigan, doing group therapy with delinquents. He developed a group training program for parents of delinquents, which won a national award. Since 2000, he has been an adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice Department at Wayne State University in Detroit. Since September 2013, he has been a lecturer in criminal justice at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He teaches juvenile justice classes at both universities. He has written more than 25 books, including The Student’s Guide to Writing a Criminal Justice Research Paper, The American Criminal Justice System, and Looking Back in Crime.

Nicole Bain has worked in the juvenile court and circuit court setting for over 24 years. She is currently a juvenile court probation officer and has worked previously as a juvenile diversion coordinator, victim’s advocate, and paralegal for a prosecuting attorney’s office. She has managed caseloads of juvenile delinquents, conducted training and informative workshops for teen volunteers regarding the juvenile court and diversion programs, and counseled families and children through court processes and testifying. She has maintained working relationships among the court bench, as well as with professionals in local mental health agencies and with agents from various statewide juvenile residential programs. She has also lectured in college classes regarding the juvenile justice system, delinquency, restorative justice, and the work of probation officers.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General