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.
Literature Review Draft **Intro** Juvenile delinquency is the term given to juveniles that commit crimes. Juvenile delinquency covers many aspects from a small petty crime such as vandalism to a severe crime such as murder. When people usually hear the word delinquent and juvenile together they immediately assume the individual must be a threat to society, but sometimes the child involved in criminal activity was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. What some people do not realize is that there is a reason why a child would take part in a criminal activity. Juveniles are defined as those who have not reached adulthood; in other words a juvenile is anyone under the age 18.
Juvenile Crime Statistics Paper Joseph Merritt CJA/374 October 3,2011 Tim Tyler Juvenile Crime Statistics Paper This paper will focus on juvenile crimes and juvenile statistics which will show us that our children are continuing to commit crimes at an alarming rate. Although these statistics are rather old, as we review them they will show that juvenile crime will continue to climb. Juvenile crime, is different crimes committed by children that are considered by law to be minors and are not of the legal age of 18 to be tried as an adult. Their offenses include misdemeanor style acts that is considered crimes if an adult were to commit them. Some of our juveniles today are very misguided and are often following the wrong crowd.
Youth that hang around people their age that are making bad choices and not abiding the law will involve in crimes with friends who are doing the same. Their environment can cause them to act out in negative ways, the lack of positive adults, abuse and neglect, and too much idle time and not enough planned activities. Children should not be tried as adults. “The United States Supreme Court has ruled that there are limitations on the punishment juveniles can receive even when they are tried in adult court. The law considers youth crimes to be less culpable than adult, therefore juvenile punishment should not be as severe as those available for adults, even for the exact same crime.” The punishment of a 14 year old, Arkansas teenager who wasn’t the triggerman at a video rental store that he and his robbed was fair.
Where specific protections exist for juvenile offenders such as suppression of an offender's name or picture or a closed courtroom where the proceedings are not made public, these protections may be waived. Trial as an adult is a situation when a juvenile offender is tried as if he/she were an adult. Where specific protections exist for juvenile offenders such as suppression of an offender's name or picture or a closed courtroom where the proceedings are not made public, these protections may be waived. There are several differences between juvenile court and criminal court in the United States. One of the most significant differences is the intent of the two systems; the focus of the juvenile justice system is on rehabilitation and future reintegration, while the goal of the criminal justice system is punishment and deterrence of future crime.
Critically evaluate how the legal system responds to the issue of juvenile justice. Refer to strategies for crime prevention, issues surrounding arrest and detention, diversionary schemes and court proceedings for young people. As an age group characteristically prone to immaturity, susceptibility to peer pressure, and attention seeking behavior, it is no surprise that 15-19 year olds commit 3 times more crime than any other age group. As a result, the controversial question remains unanswered; How is our legal system equipped to handle juvenile justice? Juvenile justice can be defined as the sector of the law applicable to persons not of legal age.
If the juvenile is pleading insanity then they should be evaluated to see if it true but if the test comes back clear then they deserve the punishment that an adult would get (debate.org, N.D). Juveniles are old enough to know what they are doing, truth is told a young child that is 3 or for knows right from wrong, and at a certain age you know what you are doing, so if a minor steals from a store, purse snatch, or start feeling that they are grown then they should face the charges of a grown person. So a minor should be responsible for what he or she does wrong and according to what type of crime they did the punishment should match. I feel that justice should be served, example there was a case in Pennsylvania where a juvenile killed his dads girlfriend while she was sleep and the disturbing part is she was pregnant with his baby brother. This juvenile should do life in prison.
juveniles act on emotions or wants, without thinking their actions through completely. Oftentimes, juveniles are being influenced by an adult in their life. Courts and judges should look at who made the juvenile the way they are, and the living environment that the juvenile is from. It should not be fair that a 17 year old should be treated differently then an 18 year old, if they are a repeat offender. No matter the crime or the brutality of the crime, they should still know that wont be okay in the real world so why not be made aware from an early
Juvenile Crime and the Criminal Justice System University of Phoenix Associates Program Adolescents and teens who commit crimes or criminal activities are considered juvenile criminals. The crimes they commit are not treated the same as the crimes committed by an adult, in most cases. There are many reasons that may cause an adolescent or teen to become a juvenile criminal or delinquent but there is no specific data that can indicate what causes the behavior in a juvenile to commit criminal activities. There are differences between adult court and juvenile court but in certain situations, a juvenile may tried as an adult. For instance, if a juvenile commits a criminal activity that is serious on nature, such as rape or murder, the juvenile will not be processed through the juvenile system but through the adult court system.
When we consider social factors, which underlie youth delinquency, it is hard to underestimate the sense of belonging, which young people experience, being involved in gangs. Solitude and lack of support in family and community environments are often the reasons for a young person to become psychologically dependent from a gang. Society seem to fail to provide youth with chances for occupation and self-actualization. (Weatherburn D., 2001) Therefore, young people commit crimes, “having nothing to lose”. As media have popularized “the cult of heroes”, which promotes justice through physical elimination of enemies, young people start to consider criminal behavior an appropriate way for reaching whatever goals.