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Questions about the Juvenile Justice System

What is the juvenile justice? Juvenile justice system is the youth equivalent of the criminal justice system. The juvenile justice system recognizes that children may not understand that their actions are wrong and can be influenced by outside forces. The system assumes young offenders are receptive to rehabilitation. There can be many questions on the juvenile justice system and how it works. Below are five of the top juvenile justice questions that Family Lawyers on JustAnswer have answered.

If someone works for the department of juvenile justice and prevention could they be terminated for drug addiction if they are seeking professional help for the addiction?

In many states, you can be terminated for this reason or virtually any other reason. Most states have an employment system that is called “at will”. This means that you can be terminated or end your employment at will for any reason. However, many employers have set rules with regards to drug addiction and drug usage in the workplace. There are times that addiction may be considered a disability. If you are considered a disability then you may have a claim using the disability to help preserve your employment status.

How can a teen that has been placed in the Maryland juvenile justice system get help for their mental health issues?

If the teen is not currently receiving the medications that are needed for the medical conditions, then this can be brought to the attention of the judge. If the child is detained or incarcerated, then they have the right to receive the medications that they need. If you have a child that is in the juvenile justice system and you have questions that you can’t seem to answer, ask a Family Lawyer on JustAnswer for Expert legal insight.

If someone feels that they are working in unhealthy standards, while working for a juvenile justice program, what rights would they have?

The first step would normally be to talk to the owner or manager and explain why the standards are unhealthy. This gives them the chance to make things right. If the situation is not rectified and you still feel that the standards are below par, then you can contact OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act). OSHA is a law that requires all businesses to have a healthy workplace. OSHA can be contacted and can come investigate the building. If standards are not met the owner can be fined, or the business could even be shut down.

If someone served 21 days in juvenile detention are there rules that need to be followed once released?

If there are any stipulations or rules, the paperwork provided by the court would tell you about it. If you are not sure what your rules or stipulations are, you may want to talk to the judge that handled the case. There is no set record or law stating specific rules, it is usually determined on a case by case basis.

What are a parent's rights, when their 17 year old is acting out and being disrespectful?

Most states consider the age of 17 to be legal adult age. However, you do have a couple of options. You can contact your juvenile department. They can help you on which direction to go. You may also talk to your child about receiving counseling, or even a youth direction. Once a child has hit the age of 17, and is considered a legal adult, they can however refuse any type of service or counseling unless it becomes a legal issue.

Before the juvenile justice act was put into place, anyone under the age of seventeen who committed a crime was placed in the same system as adults and tried like an adult. The main focus of the juvenile justice system is to rehabilitate juveniles rather than to imprison and punish them. Most legal systems dictate specific procedures for dealing with juveniles, such as juvenile detention centers, through juvenile justice courts. Family Lawyers on JustAnswer are standing by 24/7 to help answer any of your juvenile justice questions. By asking an Expert the questions, you could save yourself considerable time and money.
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