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Juvenile delinquency, also known as “juvenile offending“, is participation in illegal behavior by minors (juveniles, i.e. individuals younger than the statutory age of majority).
Juvenile delinquency, or offending, can be separated into three categories:
Criminal Responsibility Evaluations
The term criminal responsibility refers to a person’s ability to understand his or her conduct at the time a crime is committed. In other words, what a person is thinking when he commits a crime, or what result is anticipated or expected when a crime is committed. Laws define crimes in terms of an act or omission (actus reas) and a mental state (mens reas). Criminal responsibility relates to the mental state element of a crime.
Fitness to be tried in Adult Court/ Waivers to adult court
In most states, a juvenile offender must be at least 16 to be eligible for waiver to adult court. But, in a number of states, minors as young as 13 could be subjected to a waiver petition. And a few states allow children of any age to be tried as adults for certain types of crimes, such as homicide.
Dangerousness/Violence risk assessments
A structured professional judgment approach to violence risk assessment involves gathering information about the number of risk factors all individual may have with an emphasis on corroboration of facts and a focus on the progression of attack-related behaviors (Borum & Reddy, 2001; Reddy et al., 2001).
A competency evaluation is an assessment of the ability of a defendant to understand and rationally participate in a legal process.
Clarification of Diagnosis and Amenability to Treatment