This needs to stop and people need to start changing their attitudes towards the youth. Such stigmas being given out at these young ages can destroy a future. Juveniles, especially of color, are a lot of the time arrested for non-violent crimes, and when they come out of the system they are most likely given a probation officer and all of a sudden they are known as “criminals”. But, I see this as a second chance… avoid the jail time, learn from the mistake, and get straightened out because the crime was not severe and this shouldn’t define you. They were deviants, not criminals.
I do think that courts should consider other factors, like the severity of the crime, the juvenile's previous criminal record and their upbringing, before determining if they should be tried as an adult. But, it should still be the goal of the court system to attempt to educate juveniles, rather than throwing in the towel at the first sign of violence, and sending them to prison with even more violent, hardened criminals. Some say that children who commit adult crimes such as murder should be tried as adults. Then you should be tried as an adult no matter your age. If you take a life from one you should suffer the same punishment if your 15 or if your 43.
The issue of youth justice evolved into the concept conferencing, which can be considered as an option if a young person has committed an offence that is covered by the Young Offenders Act 1997 (cwlth), but is too serious to be dealt with by way of police warning or formal police caution. The point of this is to keep young offenders out of the criminal justice system and rehabilitate them instead of sending them to juvenile detention for periods at a time. (b) Explain the problems in the current criminal justice system with reference to that issue The main problems in the current criminal justice system can be seen as: • the failure to address social and economic dimensions of juvenile crime • inadequate legal frameworks • high level of violence and abuse from police The failure to address the dimensions of juvenile crime arose due to a number of reasons, but common to a few key points. Firstly, in reference to the social issues, the general public and local communities did not feel as though the juvenile offender really understood how the crime they committed impacted on everyone; including the
Courts are challenged with an array of factors in establishing an effective system of justice for juveniles that holds juveniles accountable as well as prepares them for reintegration into society as productive citizens. Currently the nation is swept with controversy over Juvenile offenders. Of the many components of Juvenile Delinquency; the main issues raised reflects society’s views on Crime Control versus Due Process and how this pertains to juveniles. Are we incarcerating children into a system that does not hold them accountable? My paper will be an analysis of the juvenile justice system, recidivism rates, and how this process affects the outcome of children and administration in the Juvenile Justice System.
In order to address Goldson’s statement, regarding the effectiveness of imprisonment, alternative measures for rehabilitation of young offenders should be examined. However, simply introducing more constructive but seemingly passive methods of rehabilitation, such as restorative justice, are not always straightforward. The pressure exerted by the media can create ‘moral panics’ (Cohen 1973) which can greatly influence short term political decision- making. Goldson largely discusses what he perceives as the poor conditions of the prisons in which children are detained. In my analysis, I will attempt to also discuss the wider implications punitive methods have on society and how public scrutiny can alter processes in the treatment of young offenders.
However the deterrence of crime does not rely solely on the idea of discouragement due to the implication of punishment. Juveniles commit crimes for several of reasons, and if the gain from the crime was the only issue that plays in juvenile crime then this sole method would probably work; however there is considerable elements to juvenile delinquency. This delinquency could be due to a juvenile’s culture or environment and that acts as a contributor. It is imperative to learn the particular reason why a specific juvenile has turned to crime so that it may be corrected. This ensures that juvenile offenders may have the chance to rejoin society as productive members.
Juvenile Crime Juveniles accused of serious offences should be tried in adult courts, rather than in Juvenile Courts. Discuss the pros and cons of such statement. Introduction Juvenile delinquency, better known as youth crime occurs when people of a younger age are involved in criminal activities instead of character forming activities like education or sports. Some of the causes of this type of crime include broken families, lack of education and drug addiction. Like every other type of crime, it has negative effects on society.
To be effective, the punishment must be harsh enough to actually deter people from committing crimes. A more effective way is the “carrot and stick” policy, in which the law abider is given an incentive to follow rules, and is punished if he does not. While few would really argue against taking the bite out of punishment, there are some arguments that deterrence is not nearly as effective as we'd like it to be. Statistics showing high crime rates among people who have already been in prisons, or punished in other ways can easily be used to demonstrate that deterrence isn't so very effective. The sheer threat of punishment is not enough to ensure the smooth functioning of a law-abiding society, as countless examples of tyranny and police states illustrate.
First I am going to talk about the supporters. They believe that all youth should be responsible for their actions. Their key arguments are: Stiffer charges will make the youths think twice before they do the crimes; this will lead to lower crime rates in future. Youths who commit crimes are sent to rehabilitation, while sometimes their victims are left to suffer forever. The youth’s age shouldn’t be a bias factor for receiving punishments.
Rebuttal: If a juvenile has chosen to commit a violent attack on someone, then they have made the choice to act in an adult fashion. The justice system should treat the juvenile as the adult that they were trying to be at the time of the crime. Harsh sentencing can act as a deterrent to the juveniles who may consider on committing a crime. Giving light sentences does not teach the juvenile the lesson that they