The Pros And Cons Of Juvenile Law
Six teens charged with murder (Daily Mail, 2015)
On 13 July 2015, six teens were charged with murder in New Mexico (Ruddell & Mays, 2015). One of the teens, Jeremiah King, allegedly shot a 60-year-old man, Steve Gerecke, in his driveway. The reports said that the teens were breaking into …show more content…
The waiver used was statutory exclusion, which is a provision in the law that excludes some offenses (Christiaens & Nuytiens, 2009). Statutory exclusion was used because the teen had committed serious offenses of murder, aggravated assault and burglary. According to the law, these offences are excluded from being tried in juvenile courts because they are too serious of an offence. The system of juvenile may not be able to give a substantial penalty for the crimes committed. Statutory exclusion lets the teens be tried as adults because, at their age, they knew what the law said about murder, assault and burglary. The teens were old enough to understand the kind of crimes they were committing. One of the teens confessed that Jeremiah King, who had allegedly shot Steve Gerecke, had been bragging days after for shooting Steve.
Judicial waiver offence was also used because the teens could not remain under the protection of the juvenile system. The juvenile system is supposed to handle minor offences like teen runaways, shoplifting and other minor offences but not murder and aggravated assault. Judicial waivers also apply to young kids who don’t understand the seriousness of their crimes because they are too young. These New Mexico teens were aged 14-17 years, which is a prime age where teens understand what the law says, and crime (Petitclerc, Gatti, Vitaro & Tremblay,