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Touching Spirit Bear: Juvenile Justice


If a teen commits a crime, would justice be
served if he/she were punished like an adult who
commits the same crime?

Do teenagers have the same
ability to understand their
actions as adults?

Can juvenile offenders learn from
their mistakes?

Should juveniles convicted of murder
be tried and punished as adults?

Should certain juvenile offenders be sentenced to life in prison without parole?

What is Kansas policy on juveniles in court?  Are juveniles eligible for life imprisonment without parole in Kansas?

Has there been any recent action (protests, lawsuits) to change the current policy? 

Do you agree with Kansas policy? Why or why not?


Supreme Court Ruling about Life in Prison Without Parole

Mandatory Life Sentences

Research Requirements

Share your project in NT with your partners, so everyone has access to the notecards.

You should have 1 Noodletools Notecard on each of the following subtiopics, with the required minimum bullets:

Steps in the juvenile justice system--include information about the 8th amendment;  (8-10 bullets)

Who is considered a Juvenile, what are the statistics for juvenile offenders: (5-8 bullets)

Describe the Circle of Justice and its purpose; (8-10 bullets) ---you can have two notecards on this topic

Other interesting facts; 5-8 bullets (don’t repeat info you’ve already used)

Describe the experiences of the two different Juvenile Offenders; (8-10 bullets)

Juvenile Justice

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikealsen

Eighth Amendment