Justice Vs. Adult Justice And The Juvenile Justice System

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The juvenile justice system and the adult justice system have several parts in common, but are two systems that are operated differently. In this paper I am going to cover the juvenile justice system, an overview, comparing the juvenile justice system to the adult justice system. Finally, I will discuss the adjudication process of a juvenile transferring to the adult criminal justice system from the juvenile system.
The juvenile justice system is to deal with persons that are deemed minors accused of committing a crime. First off a major difference between the juvenile system and the adult system is that the offender in the juvenile system are being accused of committing delinquent acts, as to the adult system they are accused of committing
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Juveniles are charged with delinquency acts. With juveniles the court system has more informal steps while trying to preserve what is in the best interest of the youth. If the judge seems that the juvenile is being charged with a serious crime thy can deem it fit for him/ her to be transferred to the adult criminal justice system on a waiver. One of the rights that adult courts have is trial by jury, whoever juvenile court does not have this right. Juvenile court is a adjudication hearing which is the judge listening to the case and ruling. After ruling the court determines an appropriate action unlike adult court where punishment is the main goal. Juvenile courts interest is in rehabilitation so they can move on and become vital parts in society. Parole or probation are used as diversionary programs, each state creates its own programs. (Hirby, …show more content…
The document listing with the charges against a child is called a petition, in an adult system it is known as a complaint. In juvenile system there is jurisdictional or adjudication hearings. Adult court system have sentencing hearings if seen fit after a verdict. There is no right to bail either in juvenile courts. If the youth is detained, the court will decided whether or not they should be released. (Michon, 2015)
A waiver can be used in certain circumstances to transfer a juvenile to the adult justice system. The judge waives the rights that protect the youth in juvenile courts. This comes with limitations, for most states the juvenile must be a minimum of 16 years old. The history of the juvenile is used to determine if the judge is going to waive there rights. Seriousness of the crime, history of the juvenile’s record, age, and past attempts at rehabilitation determine if a juvenile will be transferred to the adult justice system. (Michon,

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