Putting some of the sentencing at the discretion to the judges may keep our prisons from becoming overcrowded. Overcrowded prisons not only cost more to maintain but they also force states to release the truly bad criminals out into society before they
b. Thesis statement: Legislation should focus on education and prevention since both methods are more effective than incarceration for youth offenders. c. Main points: i. Current practices of treating youth offenders as adults are not effective. ii. Treating youth offenders at the community level with education is a more effective way to reduce violent crime.
The Adult Justice System Does More Harm Than Good. The rehabilitation system for juveniles is a must, to keep them from stepping into the vicious cycle of crime. To begin, the juvenile court was started over a hundred years ago. A basic theory motivating the juvenile court has been that all youth offenders need not go through the adult justice system. Therefore, the juvenile court was created to handle juvenile delinquents on the foundation of their youth instead of their crimes.
Prison time may be no worse for some people than the way they already live and therefore ineffective as a form of deterrence. People who cannot afford legal support have very minimal access to the legal system. An innocent person may be incarcerated only because they could not afford a suitable legal defence, this along with the theory of “school of crime” means that law abiding members of the community will become criminals through a forced exposure to real criminals. Instead of reducing future crime and recidivism, imprisonment is actually creating more offenders from once law-abiding citizens. The principle basis for a mandatory minimum sentence is the belief that the length of time in prison is a deterrent to future recidivism.
For example, it has new criteria for the transfer of Canadians convicted and imprisoned in a foreign country to serve the sentences. Also, it has stiffened punishments for youth criminals, allowing adult sentencing for certain cases, and put an end to house arrest for large range of crimes. I believe this will not help decrease the youth crime rate but actually contribute to an increase. Youths are not fully matured and are more prone to bad influences from the public. Their misbehaviors are likely to have been originated from childhood emotional traumas.
By the time the juveniles get released, they turn uneducated and offensive and commit more crimes, which further endanger the society and harm more innocent people. Therefore, transferring juveniles into adult prisons both will ruin juveniles’ whole lives and bring more dangers to the society. Adolescence is an important period of one’s whole life. Adolescents are very easy to be irritated and sometimes make a lot of mistakes. Rather than locking them up in adult prisons, people should pay more attention to rehabilitating and educating
A Problem With The Court System: Should We Lower The Age Of Conviction For Minors? Jessie L. Blair Flagler College SOC 260 R. Parker Abstract: The Juvenile Justice System is a specific branch of the court system that deals with the prosecution and imprisonment of minors, or people below the legal age of eighteen who have committed crimes. These individuals are dealt with by the juvenile courts, their sentence is determined by them, and they are dealt with entirely by the juvenile facilities. However, some believe that the age in which children are finally considered “adults” is not accurate and that the Juvenile court system is too lenient when it comes to “children” committing serious crimes. This paper will address the idea of lowering the legal age, so that those individuals in the proper age range who commit certain serious crimes will be tried as adults, thus receiving the proper
The purpose of the classification matrix is to suggest the presumptive sanction(s) for youth entering the juvenile justice system based on the seriousness of the present offense and the risk of continued delinquent behavior. Furthermore because of incomplete information in criminal history, social behavior, attitude behavior indicators, incomplete school data, medical history, and families background along with criminal history, this is assessment cannot properly assess these two juveniles. Additionally, the assessment cannot match the sanction with the level of control necessary to manage the risk, and offer the advantages of the matrix approach for a more accurate measure of recidivism than the use of a risk assessment only (Missouri Juvenile Offender Risk Assessment, 2003). In assessing the current information with an understanding the risk assessment is incomplete and pending further investigations the correctional strategy are assessed
However, there are ways to reduce the situation of miscarriages of justice from happening. First of all is to overcome the problem of human greed like increasing the pay rate of police officer. Reduce corruption as that is the main cause of miscarriages of justice. Both crime control model and due process model must be sustain as both are not perfect and with the existence of the two models, justice and equality among the society are likely to be
The criminal is barred from certain types of employment, the family may make them unwelcome, the police may give them an undue amount of attention. The modification of self-image comes about because of the stigma the criminal experiences. We have a self-fulfilling prophecy whereby the individual becomes the person so described by the label. The labeling theory has a great effect on adult offenders. If a person does the time for the crime that they committed then they should be able to enter back into society without any problem but with the labeling theory adult offenders are still ostracized by the crime that they had