Juvenile Justice Essay

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When a youth commits a crime one worries about how they will be processed within the justice system. The juvenile justice system originally was based on punishing any juvenile over the age of seven in the same manner as they punished adults. These concepts began to change as society started to assess, psychologically, the mental capacity of a child. Do they really understand the consequences of their action? As noted on the website Attorney Directory – LawyerShop (2015), this was the beginning of the concept of rehabilitating the child, rather than punishing (Progressive Era Reform section, para. 2). As time evolved, state and federal acts, laws were implemented for the juvenile justice system. Laws varied from state to state in regards …show more content…
Are these individuals’ children who, if they lived, should be reformed or punished as an …show more content…
Some of these individuals may still relate to videogames, cartoons, and television where the character is shot and gets back up unharmed. The age of an individual to be considered an adult, in regards to criminal activities, should not fluctuate from state to state; and by prosecuting the youth as an adult, one may questions what good comes out of that decision. As noted by Moraff (2015) according the Juvenile Law Center, 32 percent youth tried and convicted as adults are likely to commit other crimes versus juveniles who are processed within their justice system (Arbitrary juvenile justice section, para

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