Juvenile Criminal Offenders
Juvenile Offenders / Introduction to Organized Crime
Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal:
Students will assist in determining the best legal course of action to help lower the juvenile re-incarceration rate.
Students will be able to explain the problems present in the juvenile justice sentencing methods.
*Lesson objective written with this downloadable guide -> Writing Learning Objectives Guide
Go to M.Socrative.com and enter room “A89559b4”.
Don’t forget you have new seats
We are going to finish taking a look at another juvenile who ended up becoming involved with organized crime through no fault of his own and the results were the same, a life sentence. Before we can continue on to our activity we need to get familiar with this case. The links below will give you access to the case of Kenneth Young. You will download, save, and share the Cornell Notes file below.
Website -> “15 to Life” Kenneth Young PBS
After we have finished viewing the film I want you to answer the discussion questions below on a google .doc entitled “Kenneth Young Video Reaction – Period 3 – Your Name”:
1)If you could ask anyone in the film a single question, who would it be and what would you want to know?
2)What did you learn from this film? What insights did it provide?
3)If a friend asked you what this film was about, what would you say?
4)Describe a moment or scene in the film that you found particularly disturbing or moving. What was it about that scene that was especially compelling for you?
In light of what you learned about Kenneth’s case, in what ways do you think these current policies serve the public interest? Answer these question in the same google doc as Task #2:
1)Trying juveniles as adults
2)Sentencing juveniles to life without possibility of parole
3)Incarcerating youth in adult facilities
4)Placing juveniles in solitary confinement because adult prisons have no other way to protect them from older inmates
5)Denying juveniles serving life sentences access to educational opportunities because they are deemed a waste of resources for people who will never be released
Use the link below to go to a online public discussion forum hosted by PBS.
Online Discussion Forum -> PBS – Kenneth’s Young’s Case
You will not be required to contribute online to the discussion. If you want to you are welcome to weigh in. You will see I myself posted last semester. Download the assignment below, save, and share it to me.
Assignment -> Kenneth Young – Publics Reaction – Period 3 – Your Name
Once we have gotten to 20 responses total, I want you to answer the two debrief questions below on the same google doc from Task #4
1.What did you notice about people’s reactions to Kenneth’s trial?
2.How many people were for him vs against him?