Adult v. Juvenile:
Addressing an issue from recent headlines, this program explores the question of when juveniles should be treated as adults in the criminal justice system. The program has two stages. First, the class as a whole acts as a legislative body and designs basic rules for determining when a juvenile should be tried as an adult. Second, the class is divided into working groups that act as judges. Each of the groups is given a different fact scenario and a request to treat the juvenile defendant as an adult. Applying the standards the class has just drafted, the groups work through the decision. This program can be done in a 45 minute class but is better suited for a longer class. The two steps can also be spread across two class periods, with the teacher guiding the legislative discussion and the judge guiding the judicial session.