Essay on The Juvenile Justice System

753 Words Oct 18th, 2015 4 Pages
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 to the age a juvenile should be treat as an adult. When a child commits a crime it is determined at the states level as to whether the individual will be processed in the juvenile justice system or transferred to the adult justice system. Some states determine the course of action for the youth depending on the crime committed. As noted in Attorney Directory - LawyerShop (2015) in 1974 the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act was revised allowing states the right to try juveniles as adults for certain violent crimes and weapons violations (Get Tough on Crime Legislation, section, para 1). This brought the juvenile justice system more in alignment with the adult system. According to Moraff (2015) in 1994 President…

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