Describe the components of the United States justice system and how they are interrelated
Explain how various types of communication skills are utilized by sworn and civilian criminal justice professionals
You are a community outreach coordinator at your local law enforcement agency. The department has undertaken an initiative to reach out to diverse populations in your community. There is always a need in your community for support toward becoming a citizen; numerous recent immigrants, resident aliens, and documented immigrants could benefit from a outreach materials that explain how the criminal justice system works in the United States. You have been given the task of creating outreach materials for this initiative. The materials you’ll create for this project are specific to the juvenile justice system or allied professionals; choose just one for the focus of this project.
1. Explain how your topic—either the juvenile justice system or allied professionals—relates to the law enforcement branch of the criminal justice system. Include information from one of the main bullets below.
i.School resource officers
ii. School-to-prison pipeline
i.Victim’s rights advocates
iii.Counselors / psychologists
iv.Community service professionals
2. Explain how your topic—either the juvenile justice system or allied professionals—relates to the courts branch of the criminal justice system. Include information from one of the main bullets below.
i. Restorative justice
ii. Court process for juveniles
iii. Diversion / alternatives to arrest
i. Guardians ad litem
ii. Witness protection
iii. Counselors / psychologists
3. Explain how your topic—either the juvenile justice system or allied professionals—relates to the corrections branch of the criminal justice system. Include information from ONE of the main bullets below.
i. Juvenile parole/probation officers
ii. Separation from adults
ii.Mental health counselors
1. Food services
2. Medical services
4. Explain how social media relates to communication skills that are important in your topic.
>Who uses social media?
>For what purposes do people use social media?
5. Explain how active listening is a communication skill important in your topic.
>Who should use active listening?
>Why should active listening be used?
6. Explain how cultural awareness is an important communication skill in your topic.
>Why is cultural awareness important?
Juvenile Justice System
The juvenile justice system relates to the criminal justice system as a special unit in the system. This is because it is the system that governs juvenile delinquents(Knight et al. 2016). It provides for offenses that are associated with juveniles, the rights that juveniles have, and the role of the officers and the prisons that hold these types of offenders of the law.
The juvenile justice system relates to the court’s branch of the justice system due to the fact that courts are the places where the offenses that these children are heard. The court processes for juveniles are not so different from what one would expect in normal courts. A good example is a plea taking after an arrest was made(Knight et al. 2016). Sometimes courts may also decide that the child should not be held in custody, but an alternative to the arrest should be made. This may either be rehabilitation where the child has committed a crime due to mental issues. This is something that is also closely associated with the courts role in restorative justice. This is a type of justice that is based on changing the behaviors of the child as opposed to punishing the child for breaking the law.
Juvenile system relates to the correction branch in the sense that children can also be incarcerated. However, their incarceration does not involve them being placed in normal adult prisons(Leve, Chamberlain, and Kim 2015). They are placed in prison designed specifically for them. This is what many would refer as the separation from adults. Additionally, just like the normal adults have parole and probation officers, children who commit offences also have these people. This clearly brings out the relationship that exist between the two aspects.
Social media creates awareness of the fact that children who go through the justice system, need to be helped, more than they need to be punished(Leve, Chamberlain, and Kim 2015). The people who use social media in such kind of a regard are activists who are pro the protection of children’s rights. The other people who use such platforms are parents of children facing trial who usually go to social media to get the help either from donations or through representation from lawyers. Social media also ensures that people take note when a child is about to face any injustice brought out by the system. A good example is where many young black children have been defended through the BLM on Twitter(Muller 2016).
Active listening helps one understand the side of the story given by a child who is accused of a crime. This would help anyone to make a sound decision as regards the matter. A jugs and the officers arresting the child should be active listeners so that they assist the child in the best way possible. Active listening should be used so as to ensure that a child is not being punished but is being helped.
Cultural awareness in this topic would help one to know which angel or even which ways he or she should use when approaching a child. Children hail from different cultures and that shapes how they behave and respond to things(Ince, Rojas, and Davis 2017). An understanding of the culture of the child makes it easy for that child to be understood and most importantly, allows that child to be helped. Sometime understanding the culture allows one to give advice to the child that may help.
Ince, Jelani, Fabio Rojas, and Clayton A. Davis. 2017. “The Social Media Response to Black Lives Matter: How Twitter Users Interact with Black Lives Matter through Hashtag Use.” Ethnic and Racial Studies.
Knight, Danica K. et al. 2016. “Juvenile Justice-Translational Research on Interventions for Adolescents in the Legal System (JJ-TRIALS): A Cluster Randomized Trial Targeting System-Wide Improvement in Substance Use Services.” Implementation Science.
Leve, Leslie D., Patricia Chamberlain, and Hyoun K. Kim. 2015. “Risks, Outcomes, and Evidence-Based Interventions for Girls in the US Juvenile Justice System.” Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.
Muller, Michel. 2016. “Black Lives Matter.” Pensee.