Risk Assessment Paper
CJA 374 Juvenile Justice Systems and Processes
Xander is a part of a local gang, and has a prior juvenile record for purse snatching, breaking and entering and drug possession. Xander had previously served one year in the juvenile correction and was previously placed on probation twice. He was recently arrested for possession of a concealed weapon (LA 14:95 illegal carrying of weapons), which he has plead guilty for. Xander has had no contact with his father and currently lives with his mother in a housing complex. He has a very supportive, but disapproving mother, and has not completed his high school education or equivalency diploma (LexisNexis, 2011). Xander’s Journal
January 4, 2013 (2330 Hrs)
I spent last night in a holding cell of the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office because I was caught with a concealed gun and shouldn’t have had it. I have messed up a lot in the past and seem to keep messing up. My mother does not approve of what I do, but I just can’t seem to stay out of trouble with the law. I started off bad, getting into that gang and following what they were doing. Got, got for a lot of stupid things and even done my fair share of time. I got my phone call but I don’t have a bond set yet, and they say I won’t have one till Monday, so I will have to sit here and see what happens till then. January 7, 2013 (0430 Hrs)
I got up to eat breakfast today, and they told me that I have my 72 hour hearing today and I should be getting a bond set. (0945 Hrs)
I had my hearing; they told me I had a 15,000 dollar bond. The judge asked me if I wanted to be appointed a lawyer or wanted to hire one. I told the judge I have no money, my mom barely gets buy and I would like to have a free one. He told me in my current situation that if I get bonded out that I could still get a free lawyer to help me with my case. Hope my mom can get me out today. (1447 Hrs)
I got bonded...
References: LexisNexis. (2011). Louisiana Criminal Law and Motor Vehicle Handbook. Charlottesville, VA: Mathew Bender and Company, Inc.
CASE STUDY TWO: XANDER L.
Xander L. is a 17-year-old African American male and documented gang member. His prior juvenile adjudications include purse snatching, breaking and entering, and drug possession. His first juvenile adjudication occurred when he was 13 years old. He has served a year of custody in the juvenile correctional facility and has been placed on probation twice previously. His instant arrest is for possession of a concealed weapon, to which he has pled guilty.
Xander lives with his mother in the housing projects. He reports no contact with his father. His mother presently works two jobs. Although she is supportive of him, and Xander reports a close relationship with his mother, she does not approve of his conduct. In the past, she has reported him to the police. Xander indicates that he has dropped out of high school, but would like to get his general equivalency diploma to make his mother proud.
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