Evolution Of Juvenile Justice System

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The juvenile justice system has come a long way from way back in the 1800’s to 2000’s we live in today. The process in which juveniles are convicted and punished has become more refined and set toward more reform than punishment. Did you know that back in the 1800’s and earlier juveniles were held in the same jails as adults were? The earliest start of the separate juvenile justice system can be traced back to the early 1800’s (Taylor, Fritsch and Caeti). Before this time however people were processed into the system and age was not taken into consideration. These laws came from old England where a person 17 or older could be put into the same system. However, similar to today’s system even back in the 1800’s a juvenile was rarely given a harsh punishment. Into the middle 19th century the juvenile …show more content…
Juveniles were now allowed the rights they deserved through the due rights process. A child was now treated like a person instead of a piece of property. They had protection and rights against the law. I think this was a good start to the juvenile justice system. This would protect the child’s rights and help them in their futures. In the 1980’s we then moved to The Punitive Model. This model is the present way we run the juvenile justice system. Court cases now have more successful outcomes and juveniles can be sentenced to rehabilitation. I think this is an excellent way to handle things because the juvenile now can at least have the effort to get back into a normal society instead of ruining their lives so early. (Taylor, Fritsch and Caeti)
We have come a long way from the basic and almost crude justice system before the 1960’s. The system has made plenty of advantageous advancements the further we get into the future. We’ve grown from a system where children are treated like adults to a new separate system that treats juveniles to give them a brighter

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