The Juvenile Justice And Delinquency Prevention Act Essay

933 Words Nov 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Most people would agree that laws are something that were created to help people. Most of the help is figuring out who is right, how to handle something, or rules to follow (Behl, 2016). Hardly anyone would argue that this is a bad thing, until the law itself breaks the rules. Many laws can, in fact, contradict themselves. An example of this is the juvenile justice system and being able to wave the juvenile to adult court. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) and parens patriae doctrine both specify regulations on how juveniles should be handled and why they should be kept separate from adult criminal court. (About JJDPA; Walsh, 2016). With this being said all states have one or three forms of transfer laws (also called waiving, certifying, or remanding) (Redding, 2010; Meyer, 2016). Transfer laws allow a juvenile, that fits the criteria, to wave the jurisdiction from juvenile court to adult court and be tried as an adult and be sentenced to adult punishment.
Each law defines the type of juvenile offenders eligible for transfer. This is typical under a criterion of age and offenses (Redding, 2010). Each of the items listed above have strict regulations to follow for the handling of juvenile offenders but make each other void. If the juveniles are to be a protected party in federal law, why allow the transfer laws or if you can transfer juvenile, why use the resources to keep them a protected party? The juvenile justice system is the area created in…

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