Alternatives to Detention

Introduction (n.d.) reported that a recent study indicates that nearly
two million juveniles are processed through juvenile courts across the
United States each year. Depending on the nature of the crime, juveniles
may face detention if they are adjudicated delinquent. Given that the
aim of the juvenile justice system is to rehabilitate, and many courts
are reluctant to detain criminal offenders, judges often consider
alternatives to detention. Such alternatives save taxpayer dollars while
ensuring offender accountability and imposing sanctions for criminal

If you work in the field of juvenile justice, an awareness of the
differences between the juvenile and adult systems and the use of
correct terminology are critically important. In this assignment, you
will examine the differences between the juvenile and adult system and
alternatives to detention for juveniles.


Write a 2–3 page paper in which you:

Support your writing with at least three credible, relevant, and appropriate sources.

Cite each source on your source list at least once within your assignment.
Format your citations in accordance with Strayer Writing Standards.

Explain, using original paraphrasing, three differences between
the juvenile justice system and the adult criminal justice system.
Describe three alternatives to detention that juvenile courts currently use, with examples of such alternatives in practice.
Discuss clearly and succinctly the individual benefits of imposing
sanctions or punishments that do not involve removing a juvenile
offender from their family or community.

Reference No date. Youth Involved With the
Juvenile Justice System.