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An American TravestyLegal Responses to Adolescent Sexual Offending$
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Franklin E. Zimring

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780226983578

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226983592.001.0001

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The Sex Offender in Juvenile Court

The Sex Offender in Juvenile Court

(p.103) Chapter 5 The Sex Offender in Juvenile Court
An American Travesty
University of Chicago Press

This chapter outlines the strategic objectives and assumptions of modern juvenile courts in delinquency cases, and measures these assumptions against the known facts about adolescent sex offending and offenders. The fundamental question for this analysis is whether the assumptions and objectives on the part of modern juvenile courts regarding delinquents generally are appropriate also for sex offenders who come under the court's jurisdiction. If so, then the most appropriate policy environment for such offenders is American juvenile courts, which are informed by the age-specific policies of police and probation officials, and correctional agencies that have grown around such courts. But if, on the other hand, a sharp difference is found between the juvenile sex offender and the juvenile burglar, adjustments in treatment modalities and goals must be made before specific policies are designed.

Keywords:   juvenile courts, delinquency cases, correctional agencies, sex offenders, treatment modalities, legal policies

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