Chapter 2: Jurisdictional and Program Self-Assessment

Using technical assistance effectively and efficiently requires significant planning and analysis before the actual delivery of technical assistance services. The jurisdiction or program must examine closely its juvenile justice system, the services provided, and the characteristics and needs of the youth served. If onsite technical assistance is needed, this information will help the consultant tailor the assistance to the needs and characteristics of the jurisdiction or program.

This chapter provides a concise national overview of juveniles and the juvenile justice system. It explores two major themes with several subtopics.

  • An Evolving Juvenile Justice System.

    • A Historical Overview of the Juvenile Justice System.
    • The Components and Processes of the Juvenile Justice System.
    • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: Federal Programs and Strategies.

  • Juveniles and Delinquent Offenses.

    • A Profile of Juvenile Offenders.
    • Types of Offenses Committed by Juvenile Offenders.
    • What Prompts Juvenile Delinquency.
    • Consequences of Juvenile Delinquency and Violence.

After reading this chapter and completing the related questions and activities, juvenile justice professionals will be able to:

  • Describe the components and processes of their jurisdiction's juvenile justice system.

  • Compare and contrast the youth and delinquent offenses in their jurisdiction or program with national data.

  • State how the particular characteristics of their jurisdiction or program affect the condition, problem, or issue for which technical assistance is needed.

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Jurisdictional Technical Assistance Package for Juvenile Corrections Report - December 2000