Friday, 11 November 2011

Juvenile Courts: Wisconsin

Wisconsin's New Juvenile Justice Code Lowers to 17 the age at which juveniles will be tried as adults (and receive adult punishments). Lowers to 15 the age at which juveniles can be tried in adult court at the discretion of a judge. Lowers to 10 the age at which juveniles can be tried in juvenile court and locked up in secure detenction. Empowers judges by creating 18 new sentencing options, allowing them greater flexibility when dealing with young criminals and helping them to make sure that young criminals get the message early that their actions will not be tolerated. Makes parents responsible for paying up to $5,000 in compensation for their child's actions. Requires juvenile courts to give information about a youth's criminal background to school officials, principals and board members. (The above was taken from a flyer that was passed out by the Republican Party of Wisconsin. I would also like to not the fact that the New Juvenile Justice Code also takes away juvenile's right to a jury trial. I found this out the hard way. When the Shawano Gresham School District expelled me I felt it was my duty to strike back at them. About 30 minutes after I was told to leave school grounds (there was no discussion with my parents, or the school board. I was just told to leave. I would like to point out that the school also uses this same procedure of expulsion on pregnent female students, while the fathers are often allowed to continue going to school if they actually do attend) I took a can of spraypaint and painted "Freethinkers not welcome on school property!" I didn't attemt to run away or hide. I waited until the police came and refused to say anything other than my name and address when I was arrested.) **Interesting new data: Juveniles are in fact still allowed to have jurty trials, but I was actually lied to about my rights by a Social Worker that I was court ordered to see. She told me that I did not have the right to a jury trial and even showed me a document stating that.
The mission of the Wisconsin Juvenile Detention Association shall be to serve as a watchdog over the organizations that process and involve juvenile offenders,  furnish a secure detention for youths who have violated the law and present a threat to the community, subject to the determination of the courts. Further, the Center shall be an integral part of the Juvenile Justice system as it exists in The State of Wisconsin and all participating counties.
The philosophy and goals of the Wisconsin Juvenile Detention Association are based on the "Balanced Approach," wherein community protection, accountability and competency development are considered for each juvenile referred to the Association.

About the Juvenile Forecaster

Juvenile Forecaster is a population projection tool for decisionmakers who need to plan the future capacity of juvenile detention and correctional facilities. It includes two components:
  1. Population Modeler allows users to enter their own data about juvenile corrections populations and lengths of stay in order to create projections of future populations.
  2. Case Flow Simulator allows users to model changes in their local juvenile justice process and simulate the effect such changes may have on the number of juveniles entering residential facilities, juvenile probation caseloads, etc.
Together, the two components of Juvenile Forecaster are designed to serve the needs of State and local agencies that lack either the time or the resources to obtain more elaborate and detailed projections. By making this tool available at no cost, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Urban Institute hope to increase decisionmakers' access to projection methods and improve the practical value of projections, thereby enhancing the juvenile justice system's ability to provide effective responses for youthful offenders.
See also: 

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Picture: Montage of Juveniles with court house behind.
    To provide national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP accomplishes this by supporting States and local communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects the public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of families and each individual juvenile.
*Boot Camps -

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