The Criminal Justice Model

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Online Class Paper In 2010 the U.S Supreme Court ruled juvenile life sentences are illegal for crimes less than murder. More than 2,500 inmates are sentence to life as children, 128 have a chance to obtain release. Kenneth Young is trying to reduce his sentence for a mistake he made when he was fifteen years old. On Saturday July 1st, 2000 Kenneth Young committed an armed robbery with twenty-four year old Jacques Bethea. Jacques held the gun and told a women he wanted to rape her. Kenneth stopped Jacques from having the chance to rape the women. Kenneth stopped Jacques from hurting anyone in the hotel. Yet, Kenneth is prosecuted as an adult and received four consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole while Jacques received …show more content…
Criminal justice model is “more centered on offense-relevant criteria rather than offender relevant criteria” (Kupchick 7). There is more emphasis on the theme of punishment in criminal court (Kupchick 9). “U.S criminal courts have relied increasingly on incarceration as a solution to the problem of crime” (Kupchick 9). These four main points are the main goals of the criminal justice model because punishment is important than rehabilitate the criminal. This has caused many issues for juveniles being transferred to adult court because they are punished with no chance to “change”. Juveniles are getting harsher sentences than adults because of their age and the nature of crime …show more content…
They saw the evidence and heard the testimony of victims. The judge didn’t want to rehabilitate him because it would be a waste of time. Kenneth didn’t attend school, the mother was a drug addict, and there was no one to care for him. Instead of helping Kenneth it was easier to punish him for a crime. What Kenneth did when he was fifteen years old still affects him today. He is twenty-six years old trying to get his sentence reduced but the judge still rather punish for the crime committed at fifteen years old. Kenneth court hearing showed how the criminal justice model works. The evaluative criteria model for the New York criminal court states “during the early stages of case processing, the members of the criminal court workgroups debate the evidence rather than discussing other, personal information about the offender” (Kupchick 90). The evidence determines if you’re guilty or innocent. There is no information about the defendant home life because that is seen as not

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