Juvenile Justice System Vs. Criminal Court System Essay

853 Words Jul 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Over 100 years ago the United States established the Juvenile Justice system. In most states, a person who between the ages of 10 and 18 charged with a crime is considered a juvenile . The juvenile justice system main goal is to help rehabilitation rather than punishing the individual and held youths who commit crimes responsible for their action. Where adults who are accused and found guilty of a crime, the criminal justice courts focus on punishments. There are many debates over the juvenile justice on whether or not the system should need to focus more on proving rehabilitation or punishment like the adult criminal justice system . This essay will compare and contrast the juvenile justice to the criminal court system. Also, focus on whether or not we should abolish the juvenile justice system.
Juvenile system vs Criminal court system
Since juvenile is children who fewer understand the laws many states consider a juvenile between the ages of ten and eighteen. However, some states sixteen is the maximum juvenile age and after the age limit juveniles are tried as an adult in a criminal court. According to Liz Ryan article, Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System(2012) in states such as North Carolina, and New York, youth aged 16 and 17 can automatically be tried as adults no matter what the offense. In 9 other states (Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire,South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin), 17-year-olds are automatically…

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