There are multiple organizations for social workers in general, but there is only one currently for forensic/criminal justice social workers. So, when they need help they have to be able to do research to help their clients to achieve goals. These social workers deal with people doing jail time or who have recently been released from jail. They also deal with kids who have been or currently in a youth detention center, or at risk of going to one. When a person first enters the jail, the social worker is there for support and to evaluate the person on where they should be put within the jail.
To fully understand the sentencing phase of criminal court proceedings, it is important to examine how sentencing affects the state and federal prison systems, learn the meanings of determinate and indeterminate sentencing, and understand the impact Proposition 57 has had on sentencing in California. How Sentencing Affects the State and Federal Prison Systems The United States
I continued to assist with the Depravity Standard Study, an ongoing project funded by the Panel to enhance fairness in criminal sentencing. I was primarily assigned to supervise interns as they reviewed case materials for evidence of depravity according to the Depravity Standard, 25 elements of a crime, based on public opinion, that merit more severe punishment. It is anticipated that the Depravity Standard will someday be used by judges and jurors to disregard extra-evidentiary factors when decision-making. Several months later, I applied for the Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group internship program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. I decided to become involved in their Stress and Justice Study, a longitudinal research project that investigated ways children are affected by stressful events, particularly parental contact with the criminal justice system.
Discovering the behavior causes behind a juvenile delinquent can often lead to a rehabilitation plan to reform the offender. Many schools and communities offer mentoring programs. One of the first organizations to provide this type of service are the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America. In a mentoring program, a juvenile is assigned an adult who acts as both a friend and a teacher. The mentor is someone who is a community role model to whom the teens can turn when they need help or simply talk to about problems.
Criminal justice professionals have noticed that more needs to be done with offenders if the habit of re-offending will be reduced. In fact, re-entry has become a popular word and become quite a trend in the criminal justice system. Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center or ADC is one facility that has implemented a re-entry program that focuses on offenders getting released within forty-five days. Offenders are offered information and applications for several different organizations that are willing to help them upon release such as housing and shelters, substance abuse treatment and food stamps. They are also in the process of starting a re-entry dorm to specifically focus on the inmates that qualify and would like to participate.
Criminal Justice is the study of social control and the agencies that are involved in the apprehension, prosecution, defense, sentencing, incarceration, and supervision of those suspected or charged with or convicted of criminal offences. Throughout our study of this section, we learn a lot of the Criminal Justice System and all the agencies, organizations, and personnel that are involved in the prevention and response to criminals and to persons charged or convicted of criminal offences or convicted of crimes. Upon my visit to the criminal court of Surrey, I learned many new aspects and perspectives of the courtroom, that I had never come across before, and so throughout my report, I will be discussing my observations and experiences in the courtroom. As I entered the court, I came to acknowledge the court room and it’s set up, as it was all quite new to me, as I had never experienced it
As a predisposition writer in a juvenile setting the probation officer will be tasked with the important process of writing a report for the judge to take into consideration. A Predisposition report consists of the client’s complete prior history. The probation officer that writes these reports is required to gather all the information that they feel will be necessary to make a proper judgment on the juvenile. Probation officers will collect information on the juveniles past history with law enforcement, family problems, mental health issues, what they client feels are their needs and wants, and numerous other issues that may arise during the meeting. Once this information is gathered and concluded to be factual the probation officer will
The aim of this program is to help the inmates get rid of their criminal behavior as well as their criminal tendencies. By providing counseling and group therapy session, the prisoners get the support and motivation to perform better in developing working skills, learning and getting rid of their criminal tendencies. Inmates seeking for mental help and group support for their problems are eligible for this program. Inmates who only wish to chat with others who have the same problems as them are also eligible. The intended outcome of this program is that the inmates get motivated to perform better.
Over the course of the three semesters, I researched how specific factors influence the actions of young individuals. Such factors included socioeconomic status, peer interaction and other environmental factors. By testing out various hypotheses and analyzing data, I was able to see the way in which different circumstances affect the daily actions and behavior of youth. The juvenile justice system was originally established with the focal point being the rehabilitation of our youth. Different environmental factors are often overlooked during the sentencing of juveniles resulting in harsh punishments in efforts to control crime.
I think that it is important that probation and parole officers have the knowledge and understanding of psychological and sociological constructs and theories because they can assist individuals in identifying their needs and formulating treatment plans to manage problematic behaviors. Probation and parole officers oversee offenders sentenced to probation and those who are serving parole. Probation officers work with convicts who are released from confinement while they are still under court supervision during a testing or trial period. Probation can be given in lieu of a prison term or can suspend prison sentence if the convict has consistently demonstrated good behavior. On the other hand, parole officers work with parolees, who are inmates