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NASW Law Note

The Juvenile Justice System

INTRODUCTION

THE ADVENT OF THE JUVENILE COURT

FEDERAL JUVENILE JUSTICE ACT

  • Process
  • Detention and Notice
  • Confidentiality and Disclosure
  • Social Workers as Expert Witnesses
  • Rights of Juveniles in Correctional Facilities
    • Right to Safety
    • Right to Mental Health Care
    • Right to an Education
    • Right to be Free from Unnecessary Restraint

CONSTITUTIONAL DUE PROCESS RIGHTS IN DELINQUENCY PROCEEDINGS

  • Basic Due Process Rights
  • Limiting the Expansion of Due Process Rights Accorded to Juveniles
    • No Right to a Jury Trial
    • Pretrial Detention is Permissible
  • Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Standard Applies in Delinquency Proceedings

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT AND LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE

STATE ADJUDICATION OF JUVENILE OFFENDERS

  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act
  • State Adjudication of Juveniles as Adults

MENTAL HEALTH AND DRUG COURTS

CONCLUSIONS

ENDNOTES

APPENDIX A: Amicus Curiae Brief for the National Association of Social Workers in Support of Petitioners, Graham v. Florida and Sullivan v. Florida, U.S. Supreme Court

APPENDIX B: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Social Work Speaks, NASW Policy Statements

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