The Juvenile Court System

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The Juvenile Court System may appear as a confusing subject for many. Many may think of it as saddening while others think of as beneficial. Some people may feel it’s unfair, while others may think it’s completely fair. Once a juvenile has committed a ‘delinquent’ offense, no one knows what may be going through his/her head. People have no clue of how that juvenile may live, or the things he or she may tolerate at home. The focus of the juvenile court system are simple: reduce the amount of concerns dealing with legal issues of guilt and innocence, the importance of the juveniles’ best interests, and privacy and protection. Once a juvenile has been accused of committing a crime, the first thing to find out is their involvement. Are they guilty or innocent? No one wants to convict an innocent man or woman of a crime they didn’t commit, so surely no one wants to convict a juvenile—without knowing. The process of the juvenile court system all depends on the seriousness of the offense/crime and whether the juveniles denies involvement or claims involvement. If the court finds that the juvenile is involved, or the juvenile claims involvement, the court will then decide the juveniles punishment based on best interest for the juvenile. For adults, the goal of the court is to punish the adult if found guilty of committing a crime. Juveniles, however, are much younger and may require a different approach. The goal of the juvenile court system is to actually help the juvenile so he/she may not commit any future crimes—thereby providing them with a more positive future. Instead of sending a juvenile to jail/prison, a judge may decide to send the juvenile to a detention home, a rehabilitative program, place the juvenile on probation, or require the juvenile to enter the stage of restitution to equally replace the things the juvenile may have taken from the victim. The
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