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Dr. Carlos discusses juvenile and crime with Dr. Redding. Dr. Redding currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education at Chapman University, where he is the current holder of the Wang-Fradkin Chair, which is the highest honor Chapman can bestow on a faculty member for exceptional merit in scholarly or creative activity. Previously, he served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean for Administration at the Fowler School of Law. Dr. Redding also holds an appointment as Professor of Psychology in the Schmid College of Science at Chapman University. Prior to joining Chapman, Dr. Richard Redding was Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law, Research Professor of Psychology at Drexel University, and Director of the JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology at Villanova and Drexel Universities. Before that, he was an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he taught Mental Health Law, Psychiatry and Criminal Law, Law and Psychology, and the Mental Health Law Clinic.
- Review the video The Future of Juvenile Justice at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuIzr2dGWd4.
- In small groups, explore concerns for the future of juvenile delinquency. What do you see as being the biggest challenges? What are some possible solutions?
In this chapter, we discuss the future of the juvenile court system. As the juvenile court reached its 100th birthday, many questions were raised about the effectiveness, need for, and future vision of the juvenile court system. Currently, there are many thoughts on what the juvenile court should do and how the juveniles that fall within the juvenile court’s jurisdiction should be treated. To learn more about the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s initiative to strengthen the juvenile court system, refer to their website at http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/.
- From the home page, click on Programs. In the Programs menu, locate an article of interest to read that discusses juvenile court initiatives to deter crime.
- After reading the article, explain what future changes are likely to come about in the juvenile court system if the program or initiative proposed in the article comes to fruition.
- Does the program or initiative build on current practices found in juvenile court? How does this contradict or support recent legislative changes in juvenile law? Do you believe that the juvenile court can meet all of the expectations placed before it by the program or initiative as well as by the various organizations and agencies working with youths, schools, families, the media, and communities? Why or why not?