Phase 2 Juvenile Court

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Phase 2 IP Instructor Clise Colorado Technical University On-line CJUS344-1104B-02 Jennifer A. Peterschick December 5, 2011 Abstract This report will discuss the differences between the juvenile court system and the adult court system. Do juveniles offenders have the same constitutional rights as adult offenders. What is a disposition and age jurisdiction? What crimes or circumstances can a juvenile be treated as an adult in most states? Where to put them? Most states have the same system in place to address juvenile offenders. For the purpose of this report many state Juvenile Justice Systems will be used as an example. Juvenile court is for persons under the age of 18 that have committed a criminal offence. They are a few exceptions to this rule, as to when a minor or juvenile maybe charged as an adult. The major difference between juvenile and adult court, is adult court is designed to see if the offender has any criminal responsibility to the crime. Also in adult court, they are tried by a party of their peers and punishment is set forth. Can one really see a minor being tried by their peers? This is the reason why the judge has the major say in juvenile court and proceedings. (Web source, Retrieved 12/10/11) A disposition is basically a sentencing by a judge/commissioner in a case involving a juvenile delinquent. A disposition can consist of community service, probation, therapy, the juvenile can be placed in a foster house, or placed in drug treatment. The judge can place multiple “sentences” on a single offense. The juvenile maybe placed in a juvenile correctional facility if the juvenile has had a long history of offenses. For example: A juvenile has a long history of drug abuse and commits breaking an entry with theft to feed his/her adduction. This juvenile maybe placed in a facility for closer supervision and
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