Charles M. This article raises serious concerns regarding the widespread use of unproven interventions with juveniles who sexually offend and suggests innovative methods for addressing these concerns. Dominant interventions i. Methodologically sophisticated research studies i. The moral and ethical mandate for such research is evident when considering the alternative, in which clinicians and society are willing to live in ignorance regarding the etiology and treatment of juvenile sexual offending and to consign offending youths to the potential harm of untested interventions. Encouraging signs of a changing ethical climate include recent federal funding of a randomized clinical trial examining treatment effectiveness with sexually offending youths and the introduction of separate i.
What Happens In Juvenile Court Cases
The Effective Treatment of Juveniles Who Sexually Offend
Jump to navigation. Juvenile courts were created due to society's recognition that younger offenders may benefit from having their cases heard in a court system that is focused primarily on rehabilitation as opposed to punishment. If found guilty, a juvenile offender's disposition may include elements of punishment, and may potentially include incarceration. However, the ideal of the juvenile justice system is to provide a structure that will help a juvenile offender become a law-abiding adult, not to impose a punishment. A juvenile offender is a minor who is charged with committing a criminal offense but is too young to be tried as an adult, or a minor charged with a status offense, conduct that would not be a crime if committed by an adult.
Juvenile Sex Offender Registration and SORNA
Attorney General Guidelines , More specifically, SORNA requires the registration of juveniles who 1 were 14 years of age or older at the time of the offense, and 2 were adjudicated delinquent of an offense equivalent to or more severe than aggravated sexual abuse as described in 18 U. Because of the severity of these offenses, these juveniles are categorized as tier III offenders under SORNA and are subject to applicable duration and in-person verification requirements. However, SORNA does not require lifetime registration without qualification, allowing registration to be terminated after 25 years for those offenders who have maintained a clean record. The National Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification specify that the offenses requiring registration for these juveniles are limited to those equivalent to 18 U.
Practice Goals Given the prevalence of sexual offending by juveniles, coupled with the potential link between sexually abusive behavior during adolescence and sexual offending later in life, a variety of interventions are widely used for juvenile sex offender management. Overall, interventions that target juvenile sex offenders aim to reduce the sexual, violent, and nonviolent recidivism of juveniles through a variety of treatment modalities Reitzel and Carbonell Although the treatment of sex offenders has been around for decades, treatment approaches have changed in recent years. For many years, juvenile sex offender treatment was largely based on adult sex offender treatment, as juvenile and adult sex offenders were thought to be similar.