http://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=1201– Assessment form.
CrimeJohnny Smith was arrested for Assault and Battery on school grounds. Johnny punched a teacher after he was told to leave the classroom. The teacher was not injured but was upset about the event. The teacher stated that Johnny became upset when he was told he failed reading because he lost his book. Johnny argued that he read the book but left it at home. After punching the teacher Johnny ran away from the school. He was arrested a day later in a neighboring jurisdiction. Johnny admitted to the police that he did punch the teacher. Johnny was sent to local juvenile detention because of his past record and because his uncle refused to take him home.
BackgroundJohnny is 13 years-old. He lives with his uncle Ken in Fort Wayne. Johnny is originally from Columbia City. His father left when he was two years-old. His mother is addicted to crack cocaine. She abandoned Johnny twice when he was younger. The last time he was abandoned his uncle Ken agreed to take works nights and has recently been through a divorce. His wife left him and took their two children away to Toledo. Ken has been drinking to excess recently and has not been watching Johnny. Johnny stays at the house sparingly and has been picked up by the police for violating curfew twice in the last six months. Johnny does not like his uncle Ken. He does have a relationship with the next door neighbor Sallie Goldsmith. She lives alone and is 65 years-old. She feeds Johnny from time to time and he has stayed at her house. Sallie states that she has tried to care for Johnny but she caught him stealing her money and told him he had to stay away from the house.Johnny was kicked out of Southside School for fighting in 2009. He was involved in a fight with a student who called him stupid. The student had a broken nose and a finger as a result of the fight. Johnny had also received a suspension for bringing a knife to school and arguing with a teacher. Despite his problems at school Johnny is a smart individual who tests high in math and English. Johnny was enrolled in Hobson Charter School after he was expelled from Southside. Hobson is known as a school that engages children and will help with problem students. When Johnny enrolled he was tested and diagnosed with ADHD. He seemed to be doing well up to the incident.Johnny has a juvenile record beginning with his first arrest at the age of nine for assault and battery. He has been charged with possession of a weapon at school, violating curfew (2), larceny and truancy. He also escaped from the detention facility last year and was eventually arrested this past July when he was found in a crack house sleeping.Your job is to complete the risk assessment using the risk assessment from Washington State. If something is missing you will have to ad-lib. Discuss:
- Your score
- Would you recommend restorative justice based on your score?
- Did the form help in your determination?
- Were there other factors not covered in the form to help you with your determination?