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Peer Review

New Model for Juvenile Justice

by jerry neapolitan


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Feb 16, 2012 by Criminal Justice Editorial Board
Overview: The "New Model for Juvenile Justice" is a 7 minute video that summarizes Missouri's approach to juvenile justice. This method for dealing with juvenile detention has seen surprisingly successful results, trading in the traditional orange uniforms and cell blocks for therapists, dormitory rooms, and education.
Type of Material: Listed as a Presentation, but perhaps more accurately described as a Case Study.
Recommended Uses: In-class presentation, the basis for homework assignments, and general understanding of juvenile justice from one state's perspective that can be tied to in-class and homework assignments.
Technical Requirements: The video is posted on YouTube which may necessitate Adobe Flash Player on the computer of anyone wishing to watch the video.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The 7:39 minute video produced by ABC News offers the viewer insights into the current methods used in the state of Missouri to deal with juveniles within the juvenile justice system. At the beginning of the video a brief presentation outlines the goals of methods used in Missouri to work with and solve issues that often result in juvenile crime.
Target Student Population: *High school students interested in juvenile justice *Lower and upper level criminal justice students *Professionals employed in the criminal justice system, especially those working with juveniles
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The video provides a good view of the Missouri juvenile justice system and how juveniles are treated and punished so as not to continue their poor behavioral approaches. The basis of this video is as a news story which was produced by ABC News but which offers a clear story line, an easy to understand manner in its presentation, and involvement by juveniles in Missouri explaining how and why the Missouri methods works for them. It's very concise - just 7 minutes long.
Concerns: The video is a news story and must be put into context prior to its use by a teacher or instructor to best gain the most that can be from the presentation. At lower level grades students should be provided with suggestions on what to look for and consider as they watch the video. It needs some links to sources & references for students to continue exploring the topic.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The video is a news presentation and has as its primary goal to tell the story of how Missouri manages its juvenile offenders and the successes they are having. Due to the brief nature of the video (less than 8 minutes), it is a snapshot into the Missouri juvenile justice system that can be used to build on other concepts and discussions on juvenile justice. The video is easy to watch and understand and many young people may enjoy it as there are numerous juveniles who discuss their plight and road to recovery that is part of the video presentation.
Concerns: As this is a video there are limits to its value without a teacher or instructor placing it into context for some populations. For college level students and professionals in the criminal justice system, this video can be used as the basis for discussions or assignments with little difficulty. It requires contextual information to transform it into a teaching module.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The video is easy to access and watch via YouTube. If one has difficulties with the video YouTube has extensive resources that can be accessed to assist with the problem. The video can also be downloaded by students, teachers, and professionals to watch in alternative settings or to include in resource material for a course or presentation on juvenile justice. This is a good quality professionally produced ABC television news item, so it is well structured and presented.
Concerns: If watched on YouTube some may experience difficulties of they do not have the most recent version of Adobe Flash Player installed on their computer. It cannot be downloaded for offline use. No transcript is provided.

Other Issues and Comments: Copyright © ABC News