Pros And Consequences Of Juvenile Offenders

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Criminal and social justice issue that I choose is teens sentence to life in prison. We have the highest rate when it comes to putting juveniles in prison for criminal acts. We need to look at the cause .We have to find a resolution to this problem. I will be addressing some of the issue that I believe should be address. The rights of juvenile defendants have been debated, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to sentence convicted criminals under 18 to death there are conversated when it come to this constitutional.
There was been an increase in juvenile waivers and blended sentences, which has harsher penalties for juvenile offenders that was done serious and violent crimes. The States change their laws allowing
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As of 2006, at least 2,225 people in the United States were serving sentences of life without parole for crimes they committed before their eighteenth birthday” (Massey, 2006, p.1) Now, 38 of the 50 states allow juvenile killers to be sentence to life without parole. In a number of states, the punishment is mandatory, the defendant’s age and background cannot be considered when determining the sentence. Sentencing juveniles to life in prison violates the Constitution’s that says it is cruel and unusual punishment . This controversial issues regarding life without parole for juveniles are on 2 stages (1) questions of retribution vs. rehabilitation for juvenile offenders and 2) the legal issues surrounding life without parole for juveniles, the people who work for the Juvenile justice advocates believe that teenagers and children have not develop emotionally and mentally as adults. Since they are so young these teens might not grasp the consequences of a crime and how the rest of they life will be affected. Advocates also believe that juveniles have a …show more content…
The ideal came from the British justice system’s (the State of parent), it says that the state duty is protect our children under its care. This was to say that once juveniles are “adjudicated delinquent” in a juvenile court that they were found guilty being found guilty they cannot be tried for the same crime in an adult court. To do so, would violate the Fifth Amendment protect them from double jeopardy. This is one way that we can protect our teens. The U.S. Needs to look at other counties and see how they are dealing with their juveniles . They should considering do it if it works. Doing something to save these teens is better than doing nothing. Theses changes has happen over time here is some changes . IN 1988 Execution of Juveniles Restricted the Supreme Court said a jury could consider the offender’s age whether to impose the death penalty. But in Thompson v. Oklahoma, the Supreme Court decides that, according to society’s “evolving standards of decency,” it is “cruel and unusual” punishment, in violation of the Eighth Amendment, to execute offenders who commit crimes when under the age of 16. The altitudes changed in1990 The people felt that the juvenile justice system was too lenient when it came to punishing these offenders. Also in 1990s, state legislatures act make it easier for the courts to

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