PGCC Juvenile Delinquency Questions

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 The landmark ruling in Roper v Simmons provoked a question on sentencing for crimes committed while a juvenile. Given the step away from death sentences for crimes committed while juveniles, legal scholars began to question the Constitutionality of life sentences for crimes committed while a juvenile.  Please read Graham v Florida and provide a legal brief on the details of this case.  A legal brief requires the following: the case title, statement of the issue of the case, the details of the case background, and the way in which the court ruled, with an explanation supporting that ruling.  At the conclusion of this brief, take a stance for or against the outcome of the ruling and explain your opinion

Upon reading the following case study, utilize what you have learned in the chapter titled “What works in Juvenile Justice". Based off of methods and approaches research supports, how should this situation have been handled? What negative outcomes are likely to result in the way in which it was handled? 

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Discussion 6: Juvenile Delinquency Case Study

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Discussion 6: Juvenile Delinquency Case Study
A 13-year-old seventh grader was clowning in the class while making loud burps. The
teacher decided to call the school-based police officer to deal with him. The officer searched
him for possession of drugs. The vice principal accused the boy of selling drugs to his peers.
He was asked to remove his shoes and pants for his underwear to be searched. No drugs were
found, but the case escalated as he was sent to a juvenile detention center and was suspended
for the rest of the school year. He was charged with interfering with the learning process and
obstructing the functionality and mission of the institution. A U.S. Court of Appeals upheld
the actions against the boy because the teacher, school-based officer, and the vice principal
“believed” they had no other choice.
How the situation should be handled
The situation was not so serious as to warrant the harsh treatment. The 13-year-old
boy is a teenager who is expected to act as he did. Teenagers do not think about the
consequences of their actions. How the case was handled meant that the boy's constitutional
rights were violated. The boy was accused of possessing drugs, which was not the case even
after the search. The vice principal accused the boy of selling drugs to his peers without
proof. His rights were also violated when he was asked to remove his pants and shoes to be

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