Juvenile Rights Essay

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Juvenile Rights CRJ 301 Juveniles like adults have a process to go through before they can be charged. Not all states are the same when it comes to processing, but they all have the same outcome. Juveniles like adults need to be punished for their actions regardless of whether it is a mild offense or a serious offense. During the processing there are some organizations that require certain procedure to be done, while in other states it is left up to the courts or the police officer. During an arrest of a juvenile the officer must first decided whether the officer or the general public is in harm’s way. If the officer feels that the juvenile may cause harm the officer may detain the minor for safety precautions. During this time the subject is read rights like an adult but tailored for juveniles. Juveniles are treated differently than adults because society sees that they require special care (California’s Nonpartisan’s Fiscal and Policy Advisor, 2005). The minor is given the right to call who is responsible for them such as a parent, or legal guardian. However, if the minor is emancipated they may be tried as an adult. Once the juvenile has been detained the officer decides what is going to happen next. The officer uses the information they have and rationalizes where the minor should go next. Depending on the situation they may just release the minor after discussing their reason for intervening with them. But then the officer may decide they have enough information for their case to try the minor (Bartollas & Miller, 2008, p.134). This information may include past history of delinquency from the minor. The officer then may place the juvenile in a detention center or in some cases a foster home (Bartollas & Miller, 2008, p.18). Unlike adults juveniles can be arrested for noncriminal acts that are classified as juvenile offenses.

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