Juvenile Delinquency And Its Effects On The Adult Justice System

898 Words Nov 28th, 2014 4 Pages
Incarcerating youthful offenders in an adult system exposes them to higher levels of criminality and violence. In 2009, The Just Kids Partnership (http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2010-10-04/news/bs-md-just-kids-partnership-20101004_1_juvenile-system-baltimore-jail-juvenile-court) followed 153 youthful offenders who were charged as adults. This study was published in the Baltimore Sun and identified that while in the adult justice system, these youths were taught to become violent criminals and victims of physical and sexual abuse. There is great debate about trying juveniles as adults and there are pro’s and con’s to both sides of the issue. Some states have laws that will automatically charge a youth as an adult without any consideration. I contend that sixteen year olds should not be tried as adults in the justice system. Charging a youth as an adult offers them less of an opportunity for rehabilitation, increases their risk to re-offend, and does not consider the factors that may have lead to their poor decision making. Charging a youth as an adult offers them less supportive systems to change for the better. Youth correction facilities have better rehabilitation services than adult facilities. The Changing Lives, Changing Minds website http://cltlblog.wordpress.com/2009/04/18/juvenile-vs-adult-corrections-how-do-they-stack-up/) references youth facilities have a lower staff to inmate ratio, have mandatory education, and other programs that focus on rehabilitation not…

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