1st Edition

Juvenile Justice and Juvenile Delinquency Case Studies Workbook

By James Windell, Nicole Bain Copyright 2016
    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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.