Juvenile Sentencing Essay
Incarcerating Juvenile Delinquents …show more content…
Non-Incarceration Options for Juveniles
Juvenile court judges often have broad discretion to fashion a sentence or rehabilitation program that fits the needs of the minor. A disposition order may include options other than confinement, including:
Verbal warning. The sentence for the juvenile can be as simple as a verbal reprimand.
Fine. The minor may be required to pay a fine to the government or pay compensation to the victim.
Counseling. Often, judges require juveniles to attend counseling as part of a disposition order.
Community service. Juveniles may be ordered to work a certain number of hours in service to the local community.
Electronic monitoring. Juveniles may be required to wear a wrist or ankle bracelet that verifies their location at all times.
Probation. Judges often order juveniles to enter probation after a delinquency finding. (To learn more about probation, see the "Probation" section, just below.)
In creating a disposition order, juvenile court judges can order any of the above options alone or in combination. For example, a delinquent minor might need to pay a fine, attend counseling, and perform community service as a penalty