Enlisting Criminal Justice Systems in Child Protection

The criminal justice system retains overlapping jurisdiction with legal authority to intervene along with the civil, child welfare system. We already have seen that such an approach creates increasing peculiarities as it shapes legal responses to child mal treatment. Understanding those peculiarities, however, requires a firm understanding of the nature of the criminal justice system and the way it has sought to adjust itself to addressing children's harms. Issues raised by this adjustment may parallel many of those addressed in civil responses, that is, the need to protect individuals from un fair state intervention and need to protect individuals as well as society from harm. However, the system adopts a fundamentally different orientation.

Well-recognized characteristics mark the criminal justice system and render it different from the civil justice system we have examined. The government does ini tiate criminal litigation that responds to victimization: The victimization formally...


Personality Disorder Criminal Justice System Child Welfare System Violent Offense Trial Court 
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