Adult Criminal Justice System Is Not Set Up For The Needs Of A Juvenile

1906 Words Dec 8th, 2016 8 Pages
There is no denying the fact that if a juvenile offender commits a crime they should be held accountable for their actions. What the question is should that juvenile face the same crime as if committed by an adult? Should the court consider them equal? There are mix emotions and answers when this is asked. Some feel they are just children that are still learning and do not fully understand the consequences of their actions. Others feel they are like small adults and they do know right from wrong and the only way to successfully punish them is to punish them the same way they would an adult.
The purpose of the juvenile system is to make sure that the best interest of a child who may have committed a crime gets the options and treatment that will best fit them. It is with the understanding a juvenile has different needs than an adult when it comes to our criminal justice system. Most research studies show that adult criminal justice system is not set up for the needs of a juvenile. (UCLA School of Law, 2010).
To determine if a juvenile should be held over in a juvenile court or transferred to an Adult court all states have their own rules and policies they go by. Even though transfer laws can vary from state to state but all will fall in three categories: Judicial waiver laws which allows juvenile courts to waive authority on case by case basis, prosecutorial discretion, or concurrent authority law with this the decision is entrusted entirely to the prosecutor, or Statutory…

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