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How Can the Judicial System Better Serve Juveniles?

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Everyone can agree that children are different and the way that the court systems treats kids should be tailored to those specific individualities. Kids can be involved in the court system for crimes that we would consider crimes regardless of who committed them – like theft or assault.

However, kids can also enter the juvenile court system for actions called “status” offenses. Truancy and underage drinking are prime examples. These status offenses increase the number of young people who are involved with the justice system.

For all of the youth entering the juvenile court system – regardless of what crimes lead them there – there are ways that we can better serve all of the young people that have been touched by the justice system. While helping a young person understand the criminality of their alleged actions, using supportive tools like building communication skills, supporting family connections and building collaborative relationships, we can help young people have bright futures. 

Communication 

The ability to communicate effectively is a key skill when living and working within our communities. As a young person develops, it is important we help to hone their communication skills so that they are more capable of expressing themselves, clearly and confidently, in all aspects and areas of their life.

By having attorneys, judges and juvenile probation officers clearly, articulately and kindly communicate with justice-involved youth, those involved in the court system can foster communication between all parties.

Young people can act out when they feel like they are not being heard or when they have frustrations expressing their emotions. While working to rehabilitate a justice-involved youth, both court professionals and members of the community can be better listeners and better communicators. 

Family Connections

Family connections can offer emotional and psychological support to help detained juveniles gain practical support and promote public safety. Especially for those juveniles that might be detained in a secure facility, family connections can be critical for success.

During young people’s time involved with the juvenile court system, positive family connections are key. Indeed, family connections are critical to successful re-entry after a period of detention, as they help encourage individual transformation and support stronger families generally. Strong, stable families can make our communities safer.

Society can benefit by understanding the importance of these connections and creating and supporting that strengthen families and communities.

Collaboration

Young people can feel like they are alone, especially during times of intense stress. Feeling like they have a role to play while they are moving through the court system and having an advocate to fight for them can ensure future success after their period of justice-involvement ends.

The Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyers at the office of Joyce A. Julian, P.A. can be that connection for young people who are facing criminal issues. We are skilled at building family connections and supporting communication between parties involved in the court case. If you would like more information on how to support juveniles in the court system or if you know a juvenile that is facing a criminal charge, contact us today.

Resource:

jjgps.org/status-offense-issues/florida

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