The police play a key role in the juvenile justice system because they are, typically, the point of first contact. Their decisions often affect the youth throughout the entire juvenile justice process. For example, depending on the nature of the offense, the arresting officers might use their discretion in deciding whether to release the suspected delinquents to their parents or to book them in the local jail or detention facility. Juveniles who are booked are more likely to be dealt with formally should they once again come in contact with law enforcement.
Likewise, an officer might decide to handle a juvenile suspected of a delinquent offense (which would be considered a crime if committed by an adult) differently from a juvenile suspected of a status offense (which is an offense only because of the age of the suspect) because of basic differences between the two types of offenses.
By Saturday, May 21, 2016, in a minimum of 250 words, post to the Discussion Area your responses to the following:
By Wednesday, May 25, 2016, read all your classmates' postings and respond to at least two of them. Comment on how well your classmates described the various discretionary options available to the police.
Discussion Grading Criteria and Rubric
All discussion assignments in this course will be graded using a rubric. This assignment is worth 40 points. Download the discussion rubric and carefully read it to understand the expectations.