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Presentation Title

Second Class Justice: The Rhetorical Evolution of the Juvenile Justice System

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Ivaylo V. Valchev, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Young 423

Abstract

This thesis explores the shifting nature of the Juvenile Justice System from its foundational principles and values to its contemporary structure. Specifically, this paper investigates how and why the contemporary Juvenile Justice System is shaped by a rhetorical discourse created by public opinion, state and federal legislation, and Supreme Court case law. Moreover, this paper examines how the public, legislatures, and Supreme Court justices define juvenile jurisdiction, and how they decide on the appropriate punishment for juvenile offenders.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-8-2014 2:40 PM

End Date

4-8-2014 4:00 PM

Panel

Panel: Justice and the Law

Field of Study for Presentation

Communication, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Politics

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Apr 8th, 2:40 PM Apr 8th, 4:00 PM

Second Class Justice: The Rhetorical Evolution of the Juvenile Justice System

Young 423

This thesis explores the shifting nature of the Juvenile Justice System from its foundational principles and values to its contemporary structure. Specifically, this paper investigates how and why the contemporary Juvenile Justice System is shaped by a rhetorical discourse created by public opinion, state and federal legislation, and Supreme Court case law. Moreover, this paper examines how the public, legislatures, and Supreme Court justices define juvenile jurisdiction, and how they decide on the appropriate punishment for juvenile offenders.