Professor Tiffany Roberson
9 June 2013
Outline: Constitutional Rights and Due Process in Juvenile Courts
I. Introduction: Many people would currently be surprised to find that youths being tried by Juvenile Courts are not afforded the basic rights guaranteed to our nation’s citizens by our Constitution. Advocates continue to push for more juvenile rights in the court system but many youths who find themselves in trouble will not be afforded basic rights and the due process of law based on their age. This paper will discuss the evolution of basic rights in the juvenile courts system, the current state of the issue, and suggestions …show more content…
Role of the Supreme Court in Affecting Due Process in Juvenile Courts 1. Kent v. United States 2. In re Gault 3. Breed v. Jones
III. Current State of Juvenile Courts a. Current Rights afforded to adults not afforded to minors in juvenile courts b. Delinquency and Detention – “Harsh conditions and over-crowding in detention facilities lead to increased reports of suicide attempts, stress-related illnesses, and psychiatric problems.” (National Juvenile Detention Association and Youth Law Center, 1998) c. Current Reform In Juvenile Courts – Here I will discuss current legislation and private organizations that are currently trying to reform the juvenile justice process and restore due process to minors.
III. Current crisis in Juvenile Courts a. Current administrative Problems in Juvenile Courts that Prevent Change b. Overcrowding in Juvenile Facilities
IV. The Future of the Juvenile Courts Process and Due Process for Minors a. Changing Court Structures – Discuss how courts are changing from prior models to integrate more with family courts and other divisions of the courts to streamline juvenile processing and afford more basic rights to the …show more content…
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