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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
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
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)
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikealsen
Touching Spirit Bear by
Call Number: FIC MIK
Cole Matthews is angry. Angry, defiant, smug--in short, a bully. His anger has taken him too far this time, though. After beating up a ninth-grade classmate to the point of brain damage, Cole is facing a prison sentence. But then a Tlingit Indian parole officer named Garvey enters his life, offering an alternative called Circle Justice, based on Native American traditions, in which victim, offender, and community all work together to find a healing solution. Privately, Cole sneers at the concept, but he's no fool--if it gets him out of prison, he'll do anything. Ultimately, Cole ends up banished for one year to a remote Alaskan island, where his arrogance sets him directly in the path of a mysterious, legendary white bear. Mauled almost to death, Cole awaits his fate and begins the transition from anger to humility.
Ghost of Spirit Bear by
Publication Date: 2010-03-30
In the wilderness, Cole found peace. But this isn't the great outdoors. it's high school.
At fifteen, Cole Matthews faced a prison sentence for slamming another student's head against a sidewalk. To avoid prison, he volunteered for Native American Circle Justice and agreed to a year in exile on a remote Alaskan island. There he was mauled by the legendary Spirit Bear and nearly faced death . . . but finally found redemption.
Now, his banishment over, he has to return home and face the one thing he may not be able to handle: high school. Gangs haunt the hallways. Cole finds violence at every turn and as the hate-filled school reaches its boiling point, the hibernating rage inside Cole begins to stir. In this tale of urban survival and self-awareness, Cole realizes it's not enough to change himself. He has to change his world.