Learning Outcome 1.Acquire an understanding of the key aims and agencies of the criminal justice system
Learning Outcome 2: Demonstrate an understanding of punishment and sentencing theory and sentencing in practice
Learning Outcome 3: Evaluate the impact of the criminal justice process on victims
Learning Outcome 4: Analyse the effectiveness of the youth justice system
Learning Outcome 5:Acquire an awareness of the court system, process and key concepts in criminal law
Learning Outcome 6: Apply knowledge and understanding in addressing realistic situations and developments and providing arguable conclusions
Learning Outcome 7 : Carry out research identifying a range of primary and secondary sources in relation to aspects of the criminal justice system
Learning Outcome 8 : Reflect on your own learning and make use of feedback
Is the Criminal Justice system too lenient on youth crime?
There are some who feel that, rather than looking to rehabilitate, the criminal justice system should punish young people and that the current system is too indulgent. Others argue that young people should be assisted to remain out of trouble rather than labelled and stigmatised as an offender at an early age.
Some key questions are:
• Which interventions are effective in reducing reoffending (and improving other outcomes such as education; training and employment; health and accommodation) for children and young people at various stages of the youth justice system?
• What works to increase compliance among children and young people with the various youth justice disposals and supervision?
• What type of interventions reduce reoffending among children and young people who are being supervised in the community or in custody?
• Is sentencing of young people too lenient?