Juveniles Charged as Adults

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Juveniles Charged as Adults Abstract Over the years, there have been many concerns on when to charge Juveniles as adults and where to incarcerate them. Many scholars and researches have been working on this topic. Is there really a right or wrong situation to put these Juvenile offenders in? The topics that these researches are evaluating are key to figuring out this answer. In the scholarly journal articles I have read, they take a look into the aspects on the Juvenile Justice field. This includes whether charging Juveniles as adults can really cause harm to them; or make them re-offend. Many researchers also research the many risks that could happen to a juvenile by being incarcerated in jail. They can be affected both mentally and physically. Although depending on there offense, they may not end up in jail, but end up in a juvenile detection faculty. In 2007, there has been as estimate on how many Juveniles a year are being charged as adults. The results add up to 200,000 (Kunerth 2007). The percentage is increasing on how many are receiving the charge of an adult. Heading back before the 1990's, only juvenile- court judges were able to choose how the young offender was going to be charged. Then starting in the 1990's that started to change because of the state of Florida. The law was changed “to allow prosecutors” (Kunerth 2007), to make this choice instead. As this set in, “Florida prosecutors charged more kids as adults than all the juvenile- justice judges in the rest of the country combined -- about 7,000 a year” (Kunerth 2007 pg 1.) Other than Florida, fifteen other states are following this law. Usually, depending on the intensity of the crime depends on how long or where the offender should be incarcerated. Although in fact, Kunerth (2007) stated that sixty percent of the crimes that these juveniles committed were in the category of non-violent;

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