There are many important jobs involved in the juvenile justice system.
Judge: Of all the jobs in juvenile justice, the position of juvenile court judge is one of the most esteemed and typically commands the highest salaries out of any in the area of juvenile justice. Among the responsibilities of a juvenile court judge are hearing the testimony of witnesses and arguments of legal representatives in adjudication court to assess the culpability of the child, deciding upon a plan of action for a child outside of court, and determining the correct forum for a hearing (e.g. criminal).
Attorney: Seeing as it was already mentioned, one can also bet he or she will be placed in a prominent position in a juvenile court as an attorney.
Corrections Officer: Some jobs in juvenile justice, meanwhile, do not require people to set foot in a courtroom, as some suspects/guilty parties will be detained/committed for a time. The work of a correctional officer, for example, is a form of juvenile justice employment that may only see the employee serve within a secure facility or other youth detention center. In this environment, people on the job should expect to enforce the rules of the institution, inspect inmates and the premises for evidence of wrongdoing, and enforce appropriate punishment as needed. Applicants should be apprised of the fact, though, that this line of work is one of the worst in terms of on-the-job injuries, so one must have the physical and mental fortitude for a potentially contentious environment.
Counselor: While perhaps not exclusively a form of juvenile justice employment, the role of counselor may be included in the category of “jobs in juvenile justice” based on some of the issues that certain juvenile delinquents may face. Juvenile crime/delinquency is often accompanied by issues in other areas, such as mental health, substance abuse, employing long-term strategies to help them cope with the problems they face and helping them deal with the struggles the recovery process may entail. While not always highly compensated for the roles, the value of counselors’ services is truly priceless.