Cons Of Juvenile Justice
He gets dealt a bad hand when his mistake is labeled an assault, and, before you know it, his future is hijacked by the cruel adult criminal justice system. Life for your son, once filled with opportunity, becomes a daily fight against the overwhelming forces of recidivism and brutality that signify our prison. However, if he was just one year younger, he would’ve been tried as a juvenile in family court and his consequences would’ve been less …show more content…
But the one place they are treated as adults is in New York’s justice system. New York is only one of two states in the country that treats 16 and 17-year-olds like adults in its criminal justice system. Each year, 4,700 adolescents are sentenced to time in adult prisons and jails. According to the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (2013), 16 and 17-year olds are all processed in adult criminal court instead of family court no matter how serious the offense. Charges include but are not limited to shoplifting, vandalism, causing a disturbance, possession of marijuana, or something more serious. Many of these offenses are non-violent and/or misdemeanors. Some common offenses would not be a crime at all if done by someone over the age of 21. Underage drinking is an example.
“What were you thinking?” is a question frequently asked to teens. The reality is that teens often are not thinking when they do something wrong. Research shows that the rational part of a teen 's brain is not fully developed and won 't be until he or she is 25 years old or so (Holloway & Susan, 2016). Teens are impulsive, have difficulty weighing consequences, and are susceptible to outside influences. The 2005 Supreme Court case, Roper v. Simmons,