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Ricardo Martinez Prof. Jennings CJ230-DA-FA11 9/21/11 Response paper The most interesting subject I found that the Principal assistant county attorney Elizabeth Stefano spoke about was the juveniles that she and her peers tried diligently to help. She spoke about not incarcerating the juveniles but rehabilitating them just as we speak about in class. She spoke about the funnel effect and how it pertain to the juvenile justice system. Elizabeth Stefano explained the criminal justice process is like a funnel, wide at the top and narrow at the bottom. Early in the criminal justice process, there are many cases, but the number of cases dwindles as decision makers remove cases from the process. Some cases are dismissed, some juveniles are rehabilitated, while others are referred for treatment or counseling. Another way of expressing the funnel effect is to say that there are many more suspects and defendants than inmates. As criminal justice notes, the U.S. Constitution requires the government to support every deprivation of privacy, life, liberty, or property with facts. The greater the deprivation, the more facts that government agents are required to produce. A stop on the street requires fewer facts than an arrest; an arrest requires fewer facts than an indictment; an indictment requires fewer facts than a criminal conviction and so on. Another point that caught my attention was the fact that when the juvenile is put on probation the importance of the probation officer is magnified. Elizabeth stated that when a juvenile is put on probation the probation officer works with the parents to try and steer the juvenile straight. What this means is that it is the probation officer and parent’s responsibility to try and help the juvenile put and end to his/her recidivism. The only negative about the probation officer and the parents working together is the parent’s

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