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Juveniles - As I entered the juvenile detention facility on 150th, I began to wonder about the female detainee I was going to interview regarding placement. I am sitting in a locked room with a desk, two (2) chairs and a large plexie glass window. As the staff arrived she was accompanied with Farouka (the name has been changed to protect confidentiality). Farouka is a 14-year-old Caucasian/Hispanic female small in stature, wearing county "blues" (issued clothing). She appeared fearful and teary eyed....   [tags: essays research papers] 1273 words
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Sentencing of Juveniles - The Sentencing of Juveniles Today, we live in a society faced with many problems, including crime and the fear that it creates. In the modern era, juveniles have become a part of society to be feared, not rehabilitated. The basis of the early juvenile justice system was to rehabilitate and create safe havens for wayward youth. This is not the current philosophy, although the U.S. is one of the few remaining countries to execute juveniles. Presently, our nation is under a presidential administration that strongly advocates the death penalty, including the execution of juveniles....   [tags: Juvenile Crime Criminal Sentence Essays] 2565 words
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Children Who Murder- Should They be Tried as Adults of Juveniles? - As more minors are committing violent crimes, the question of whether they should be tried as adults has arisen. Children as young as 13 or 14 are committing violent crimes such as murder, rape, and armed robbery. Some of these children are being tried as adults while others are being tried as juveniles and receiving milder punishments. A juvenile offender may receive a few years in a juvenile detention facility and possibly probation following his release at age eighteen. An adult committing the same violent crime will receive a much harsher penalty, often years in jail, possibly a life sentence, with little or no chance of parole....   [tags: criminal justice, criminology, ] 527 words
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Juveniles in Adult Prisons - Juveniles in Adult Prisons A deep look into juveniles in adult prisons. Touch bases on several smaller issues that contribute to juveniles being in and effects of adult prisons. The United States Bureau of Prisons handles two hundred and thirty-nine juveniles and their average age is seventeen. Execution of juveniles, The United States is one of only six countries to execute juveniles. There are sixty-eight juveniles sitting on death row for crimes committed as juveniles. Forty-three of those inmates are minorities....   [tags: Papers] 1610 words
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Death Penalty Applied to Juveniles - Death Penalty Applied to Juveniles      In 1643 a sixteen year old boy was put to death for sodomizing a cow. Three hundred and fifty years later, sixteen states have legitimized the execution of juveniles. Four of those twelve states have lowered the legal age of execution to twelve. For whatever reasons the death penalty has been supported by the public since this country's existence. In this day and age of increasing violence, both juvenile and adult, it is time to re-examine the use of the death penalty as the ultimate solution to crime....   [tags: Argumentative Death Row Persecution Essays]
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Juveniles and The Death Penalty - Juveniles and The Death Penalty *No Works Cited One of the most controversial issues in the rights of juveniles today is addressed in the question, "Should the death penalty be applied to juveniles". For nearly a century the juvenile courts have existed to shield the majority of juvenile offenders from the full weight of criminal law and to protect their entitled "special rights and immunities." In the case of kent vs. United states in 1996, Justice Fortas stated some of these "special rights" which include; Protection from publicity, confinement only to twenty-one years of age, no confinement with adults, and protection against the consequences of adult conviction such as the loss of civil rights, the use of adjudication against him in subsequent proceedings and disqualification of public employment (Kent vs....   [tags: Papers] 1599 words
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Juveniles and the Justice System - The United States sentences more juveniles to death than any other nation in the world (Justice, 2009) and our juveniles are being sentenced as young as ten years of age. These are juveniles being tried as adults, and something has to change and change fast. The younger generation is supposed to be our future leaders. How will our juveniles or the citizens of this country prevail if this continues we won’t be able to because most of our future leaders will be prisoner. (B, 2005) The U.S made legal history in 1989 when the world’s first juvenile court opened in Chicago (Rank, J.) Since 1990 many states have also adopted the “get tough” approach to juvenile justice as a response to the increasingly violent crimes committed by children....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Juveniles Must Accept Responsibility - Juveniles Must Accept Responsibility Are juveniles as under control today as they were in the past. Crime plays a major role in today’s society. The government follows the policy and has always followed the policy that no crime goes unpunished. The controversy that surrounds the United States courtrooms today is whether or not a minor needs to stand trial as an adult for committing a serious offense. These decisions made by the judge or jury in the preliminary hearing affect the rest of the suspects life....   [tags: Crime Teenagers Children Criminal Essays Trial]
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Juveniles and the Death Penalty - Juveniles and the Death Penalty It was a warm summer evening in a small town in the state of Missouri. John Freshman, a white male gang member fourteen years of age, drives down a street that he knows his rival gang members are usually standing along. John pulls his 9 MM. automatic pistol out from underneath his seat and points it at the group of rival gang members. John opens fire and unloads his weapon at anybody standing along the street. As John pulls away from the area, he almost gets into an accident with a parked vehicle and drops his weapon....   [tags: Papers] 1179 words
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Juveniles: Banning the Death Sentence - As parents the worst news we can imagine is harm coming to our children, but having a child face a death sentence is completely tragic. You think of the life they could have, you ask yourself where you went wrong. You put yourself in the shoes of the family your child has hurt and how they were denied of a normal life. Sufficed to say when a child is on death row their actions hurt all involved. While many oppose capital punishment, we need to look at why we should ban it for juveniles who commit capital offences....   [tags: Criminal Justice ]
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Juveniles Should Be Tried as Adults - ... One might further inspect that if a child or teenager is engaged in so-called “adult” activities, what kind of activities might a child choose to be involved in adulthood. What is the child’s background. Can you blame the child of a heroin addict for having access to drugs at a young age. Can you blame the child of a murderer for acting out. Yes, everyone has a choice even a child. A lot of the children in the juvenile system come from broken homes and family members who have also been in and out of the judicial system making it an easier task to prosecute juveniles as adults....   [tags: Criminal Justice ]
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The Death Penalty for Juveniles - ... 1.2% of inmates are under the age of 25, and 2.6% are older than 65.” (DPIC) With a child’s brain still developing well into the mid-twenties, scientists have agreed that adolescent brains are too immature to validate execution. A unknown writer stated that, “It is not a matter of knowing right from wrong, but more a question of impulse control and judgment.” What makes a juvenile criminal; can they control their judgments. Toronto Patterson was an African-American male who died of lethal injection August 28, 2002 after killing three African-American females at their Dallas, Texas home for car wheels....   [tags: Criminal Justice ]
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Should Juveniles be Transferred to Adult Courts? - Should Juveniles be Transferred to Adult Courts. Children have been described as our future, our greatest resource, and our hope for a better tomorrow. For many Americans, though, children invoke fear. They represent violence, a segment of society lacking in self-control and devoid of ethics and morals, and the failure of the family to instill traditional values, chief among them being the value of human life and respect for others. Fear of crime, especially random violence and new wave of "superpredators" by young Americans, is among the nation's greatest concerns (Lacayo 28)....   [tags: Papers] 2147 words
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Juvenile Justice: Don't Treat Juveniles As Adults - ... The juvenile criminal justice system is designed to protect and reform convicts for assimilation into society but with acts of violence as the few stated above, nothing can be accomplished. In addition, correctional officers, those hired to maintain order, incite violence against juveniles who enter adult facilities. Beatings by correctional staffers are nearly twice as likely for juveniles in adult facilities than in juvenile facilities.2 If this seems contradictory of a correctional staffer’s job make no mistake it is; men and women who are paid to protect inmates invoke similar acts of violence as adult offenders against juveniles....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Capital Punishment Essay - We Should Not Exclude Juveniles - Capital Punishment Should Not Exclude Juveniles In August of 2000, three year old Damion was suffocated after several attempts by his five-year-old sister and her six-year-old friend to kill him. When the police talked to the two girls, they concluded that it was an intentional murder, but under California state law, "children under the age of 14 can be charged only if there is 'clear proof that at the time of committing the act... they [knew] its wrongfulness." With no witness to the crime, the police only had the girls' word and consequently, there wasn't enough evidence to charge the two girls with murder (Murr 32)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Prosecuting Juveniles As Adults in The Criminal Justice System - ... A case should be presented with evidence, testimonies, and experts to determine whether guilt is present. If the party is guilty then a sentence should be given, but trials, and the criminal system, are designed for adults, not children. “Prosecuting juveniles as adults undermines the justice system” (Young, and Gainsborough). Judges and lawyers lack the patients and training to listen to children during an adult criminal trail. These issues in adult courts allow for predisposed disadvantages for children tried in the same court....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Treat Juveniles Differently than Adult Criminals - Treat Juveniles Differently than Adult Criminals I do not think it is a good idea to lock juveniles up in prisons with adults. For a child to set down and plan a murder for instance, there would have to be some kind of deep emotional problem. On the other side of this, if the child knows right from wrong and he can sit down and plan a murder, then you could say if he is old enough to kill someone then he is old enough to die. The juvenile criminal is rooted much deeper than right from wrong....   [tags: Papers] 1022 words
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Juvenile Motives for Murder - Juvenile Motives for Murder "There is a feeling that if you commit murder, you can get away with it." (Filkins 2) There are several thoughts about murder, mainly discussed is the question why. "Rather than rehabilitating juveniles who have gone astray, the system often seems to release hardened criminals." (Glazer 1) One consideration on headlines worldwide was discussed by Sarah Glazer is Children killing Children. To me a child's reasoning makes sense, if I can get away with a crime once why not try it again or better yet, something of a higher extent....   [tags: Papers] 547 words
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Capital Punishment is Also Murder - Capital Punishment is Also Murder Bumper stickers often portray opinions on some of the toughest issues facing America today. I once read a bumper sticker that questioned "Why do we kill people who kill people, to show that killing people is wrong?" The United States is one of the few countries left in the world to practice the savage and immoral punishment of death. Retentionists argue that the death penalty prevents persons from committing the heinous crime of murder. It is proven that the death penalty does not deter persons from committing murder, nor does it serve as an example of the consequences of capital crimes to society....   [tags: Papers] 2004 words
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Determinate Sentencing: Last Chance in Texas - ... Had these juveniles been tried as adults and received more severe sentences, their felonies could have been avoided. Although the methods used by the staff in the Hubner book seemed to make a difference while the juveniles were there, once they left, it didn’t appear that it made a difference at all. Many of the juveniles were able to stay out of trouble for about a year, but they recommitted afterwards. The determinate sentencing system provides juvenile judges with tremendous flexibility in ensuring that offenders are held accountable for their crimes, that public safety is protected, and that youth have the opportunity to become rehabilitated and turn their lives around....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Juvenile Crimes - Missing Works Cited A juvenile is defined as not yet adult; young, childish, immature. In the United States, definitions and age limits of juveniles vary. The 16-20 year old age group has one of the highest incidences of serious crime (ojjdp.org). In 1994, juveniles accounted for 19% of all violent crime arrests in The United States. Although juvenile arrests for violent crimes declined 3% from 1994-1995 (the first decrease in almost ten years), the number of juvenile violent crime arrests in 1995 was 67% above the 1986 level....   [tags: Crime essays research papers] 1981 words
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A Time to Kill - A Time to Kill Twenty years ago Don Henley sang a song called “The End of the Innocence,” and portrayed a coming of age scenario. In Henley’s song, he sings the lines, “Offer up your best defense/ but this is the end/ this is the end of the innocence.” The disputable age-of-accountability permeates American society. In the essay, “Too Immature for the Death Penalty,” Paul Raeburn offers his defense into the chemical and environmental make-up of juveniles in their decision-making processes. However, the issue of personal accountability, or an end of innocence, is never brought up....   [tags: Crime and Punishment] 915 words
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Juvenile Justice - What Happened to Juvenile Justice. There is a great deal of controversy over the trying and sentencing of juvenile offenders today. Many will argue that because the severity of Juvenile crimes has risen, the severity of its consequences should rise; however, no matter how serious the crime is, juvenile offenders tried as adults receive far worse than they deserve. The majority of Juveniles tried as adults are hardly given any form of human rights. Adult jails are not the environment children should have to experience, especially those sentenced for misdemeanors and nonviolent crimes....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Juvenile Offenders - A youth say 13, boy or girl, acquires a gun and shoots another youth who has been harassing them. There is no doubt they should receive some sort of punishment for their actions. However, should they receive this punishment through the Juvenile Courts or Criminal Courts. This is the question, which has no real definitive answer. However, this paper will attempt to address some important issued concerning this matter. Studies have shown that juvenile crime was on the raise during the beginning of the 1990’s....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Youth in Crime - Youth in Crime Criminals are getting younger and victims are getting younger. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, males fifteen to nineteen years old, are being killed six times more often that in 1963. (Elikann 242) Homicide is the number two killer for young men, second only to accidental deaths. The FBI reports that the number of murder victims between the ages of ten and fourteen rose between 1985 and 1992, a 62 percent. (Elkiman 242) Young people turning to crime is result of a combination a bravado, hopelessness, access to firepower, and the allures of the drug market." (Elikann 241) What are the actions that society, and or the government, should take to keep our country's young from turning to crime or being victims of crime themselves....   [tags: Papers] 469 words
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Can We Reduce the Rate of Juvenile Crime and Violence? - Can We Reduce the Rate of Juvenile Crime. “Palm Beach County, Fla. -- On May 26, 2000, 13-year-old Nathaniel Brazill shot his teacher, Barry Grunow, with a .25 caliber handgun in school. Palm Beach County prosecutors tried Brazill as an adult for first degree murder. The jury found Brazill guilty of second-degree murder and the judge sentenced him to 28 years in an adult facility. After his release, Brazill will face two years of house arrest and five years of probation.” (Klug) Does this sentence seem too harsh, or perhaps too lenient....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 2568 words
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Juvenile Homicide - ... Conduct disorder is a psychiatric disorder that causes behavioral and emotional problems in youngsters, causing them to have a hard time following rules, and behaving in a socially acceptable way. Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy level, thinking and behavior. Both disorders were defined by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Glossary of Symptoms and Illnesses, 2010). Conduct disorder can often cause a child to become anti-social, and non-empathetic....   [tags: Crime & Punishment]
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Favoritism in the American Judicial System - Favoritism in the American Judicial System OUTLINE I. Introduction II. Youthful Offenders A. Mistaken Notion of Leniency B. Proof of Increased Effort to Criminalize Youthful Offenders 1. Stronger Penalties 2. Prison Population C. Preventative Affects III. Drug & Violent Crimes A. Mistaken Notion of Leniency B. “Get Tuff” Attitudes IV. Incarceration Issues V. Conclusion Table of Contents Abstract……………………………………………………………………v Statement Of Purpose……………………………………………………..1 Youthful Offenders…………………………………………………….….1 Drug & Violent Crime Cases……….………….………………………….4 Incarceration Issues………………………………………………………..6 Works Cited………………………………………………….…………….7 Favoritism in the American Judicial System Statement of Purpose      As crime in America seems to be decreasing, reports from law enforcement experts state that: violent crimes are expected to increase (Butterfield 6)....   [tags: Crime Criminal Punishment Essays]
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Essay on Juvenile Crime and Punishment - Juvenile Crime and Punishment     The punishment of juvenile criminals, specifically those between the ages of 13 and 18, in the event that they commit crimes of murder, is not severe enough. Minors between these critical ages in the teenage life who commit crimes of murder should be prosecuted as adults in all situations and locations.   Teenagers in this age group do kill others, old and young alike. The rate at which juveniles were arrested for murder rose 177 percent between 1978 and 1993 (NBER.org)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Not All Offenders Should be Labeled Juvenile Delinquents - Not All Offenders Should be Labeled Juvenile Delinquents Juvenile delinquency is a critical concern to the general public. When adolescents commit crimes or are accused of an offense, they automatically become labeled criminals, delinquents, and deviants in the eyes of the courts, of the state, and of various people. However, is it fair to label them as such. When a status offense such as curfew, vandalism, or even disorderly conduct, is committed, the child should not be labeled a delinquent....   [tags: Papers] 507 words
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Juvelines Tried as Adults in Court - Juvelines Tried as Adults in Court Since the beginning of time justice officials have been faced with a difficult decision should juvenile offenders be given smaller sentences because of their age. Today officials still are having trouble with this situation. Some experts believe some offender should be tried as adults , others believe no juvenile offenders should be tried as adults and some even think all should be tried as adults. My opinion Juvenile criminals the way all offenders should be tried....   [tags: Crime criminal Court Jail Essays Papers] 831 words
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Should Juvenile Criminals Be Tried As Adults? - Crimes are most associated with adults. Murder is especially most associated with adults. When a teenager commits such a crime such as murder they must be tried, and they should not be treated with leniency and coddling, but with the full force of the law as an adult. A seventeen year old Robert Acuna, a Texas high school student, was being tried in court as an adult to determine the outcome of his sentence. He was going to find out whether he would live or die. Robert Acuna murdered his two elderly neighbors named James and Joyce Caroll....   [tags: Criminal Justice] 731 words
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Juvenile Courts - ... However, the transfer laws do not lower the juvenile crime rates. For example, in New York a law that sent violent juvenile offenders to criminal courts did not have an effect on violent juvenile crime. Serious crimes presented before the adult criminal court included murder, assault, burglary, rape and arson. In other cases, young offenders become aware of the consequences once tried in the adult courts. When committing the crimes, they think that they will receive light punishments imposed by juvenile courts but when referred to adult courts, the youth tend to become more responsible....   [tags: Criminal Justice ]
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Juvenile Crime - Juvenile Crime Introduction Every year, millions of juveniles are involved in criminal activities. According to statistics, as of 1999, the arrest rate for juvenile crime has dropped from its peak in the mid-1990’s. Statistics about juvenile crime have shown a steady increase of juvenile arrests from 1987 to 1994. Although overall crime rates have decreased since 1994, they are still above what they were in 1980. The following paragraphs and charts show the crime rates of specific crimes committed by juveniles....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Solutions to Juvenile Crime - Solutions to Juvenile Crime Crime is a plague that has haunted American citizens for centuries. The severity of crime has ranged from running a red light to cold blooded murder. Statistics indicate that crime rates have been on the rise in the previous decades, especially juvenile crime. Statistics show that, ‘the number of youths aged 14 and younger who have been charged with homicide has jumped by 43 percent in the past twenty years’ (Kids With No Hope, No Fear, No Rules, And No Life, 2)....   [tags: Crime Juvenile Violence Civil Liberties Essays]
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Adult Punishment and Juvenile Justice - Adult Punishment and Juvenile Justice Day after day in this country there is a debate going on about the death penalty and whether we as people have the right to decide the fate of another persons life. When we examine this issue we usually consider those we are arguing about to be older men and women who are more than likely hardened criminals with rap sheets longer than the height we stand (Farley & Willwerth, 1998). They have made a career of crime, committing it rather than studying it, and somewhere along the line a jury of their peers decided enough was enough....   [tags: Papers]
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Juvenile Competency to Stand Trial - Juvenile Competency to Stand Trial The Supreme Court has long considered competency to be a right of the criminal defendant in court. In many areas, insanity has been a criminal defense with a significant history. However, in the early part of this century, adult protections, including the competency requirement and common defenses like insanity, were not added into the juvenile court system. Because juvenile courts were established to protect juveniles from the rigors of adult court and punishments in adult facilities, states focused on achieving proceedings more compatible with juveniles' needs....   [tags: Papers] 1081 words
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Adult Crimes Deserve Adult Punishment - Adult Crimes Deserve Adult Punishment Thursday, May 21, 1998. In Springfield, Oregon, 15-year old Kip Kinkel opened fire in the cafeteria of Thurston High School. Two were killed and 25 others were wounded. Tuesday, March 24, 1998. In Jonesboro, Arkansas, 11-year old Andrew Golden and 13-year old Mitchell Johnson pulled the fire alarm and shot at the students filing out of the school. Five were killed and ten were wounded. Monday, Dec. 1, 1997. In Paducah, Kentucky, 14-year old Michael Carneal pulled out a pistol and began firing on a student prayer group....   [tags: Papers] 477 words
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Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number - Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number During the last thirty years, there has been an increase in violent crimes committed by minors. In many of these cases, the minors are faced with harsher charges than what the law declares, such as being charged as adults. The majority of the United States justifies the age 18 as when an individual is no longer considered a minor. Yet, in the past ten years, the United States has seen the age of individuals being charged as adults drop. For example, in 1993, Nathan Dunlap a seventeen year-old from my hometown Aurora, Colorado was sentenced to the death penalty and eight years later, twelve year-old Lionel Tate of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was charged with life in prison....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Capital Punishment - Capital punishment is also known as death penalty and it is the execution of an individual in punishment of a crime. The word "capital" comes from Latin caput meaning head. Therefore the meaning of capital punishment, which can translate to decapitation. Decapitation was the preferred way of execution for long time. Other common ways of execution in Old America were hangings, burning, pressing, breaking on wheels and firing squads. Now a day lethal injection and electrocution are the choices for execution....   [tags: Current Events] 1149 words
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Juvenile Court - The first juvenile court was established in Illinois in 1899. In the late 18th century children as young as seven could stand trial in criminal court and could be sentenced to prison or death. The perception of children was later changed and they were viewed as persons with undeveloped moral and cognitive capacities. This allowed the state of Illinois to intervene in the lives of children providing protection and care or supervision. The mission to help children in trouble was clearly stated in the laws that established juvenile courts....   [tags: Criminal Justice] 1128 words
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Does the Death Penalty Serve as a Deterrent to Crime? - ... What are some other countries’ responses to the death penalty. The United States is the only Western democracy that practices capital punishment. (Schonebaum, 2002) In the eyes of most of the world, the United States is being hypocritical. We point out other countries that commit human rights atrocities and demand that they be ceased, yet we continue to execute prisoners. International trends are unmistakably towards abolition. Use of the death penalty worldwide has continued to shrink, and has also been increasingly curtailed in international law....   [tags: capital punishment, death penalty]
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Arguments For and against Waiver - ... The concurrent jurisdiction mechanism allows the prosecutor to report a case in both juvenile and adult court. Some states also have a legal provision which allows the prosecutor to file a juvenile case in both juvenile and adult court because the offense and the age of the accused meet certain criteria (Juvenile "waiver" (transfer to adult court)). Nearly fifteen states currently have this provision in the US. Issues surrounding the transfer of juveniles to adult courts are many but in particular racial disparity, and wrongfully being tried in adult courts....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Kids on Death Row - Kids on Death Row Even though they are just kids, should they be tried as adults. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the execution of children as young as sixteen is not cruel and unusual punishment. Out of thirty-eight states with the death penalty, thirteen have set the minimum age for death at eighteen; four states set the minimum at seventeen; nine set the minimum age at sixteen; twelve have no minimum age specified. In 1996, prosecutors in the state of Mississippi sought the death penalty for juveniles as young as thirteen years of age (1998, February 17)....   [tags: Papers] 788 words
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Capital Punishment in the United States - Capital Punishment in the United States Missing Works Cited The death penalty is a controversial topic in the United States today and has been for a number of years. The death penalty is currently legal in 38 states and two federal jurisdictions (Winters 97). The death penalty statutes were overturned and then reinstated in the United States during the 1970's due to questions concerning its fairness (Flanders 50). The death penalty began to be reinstated slowly, but the rate of executions has increased during the 1990's (Winters103-107)....   [tags: Death Penalty Row Law Criminals Essays] 2516 words
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Urban Community - Introduction: Even the most noble of societies can’t escape crime. Most choose to ignore the fallacies of urban youth be it in the ghetto or the suburbs, our children are becoming victims of their own ignorance. The lure of “street” life out weighs the yearning for a competent education. The media, audio and visual glorify a lifestyle that average people lust for. Most children compare the lifestyle of entertainers to their own creating a yearning for riches, and begin to emulate the behaviorism of their favorite wrestler, rapper, or movie actor unfortunately these characters are not all positive roll models....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Violence: Children Who Own The Streets - Violence: Children Who Own The Streets There are many problems facing today's society. One of the problems is the violent condition that surrounds the lives of children in America. We are awarded of the violence among our juveniles because we read, hear and see it. The newspapers, magazines, news media, and our neighborhoods testify the living proof of the chaos. Everyone tries to find explanations of the causes and consequences of street violence and other aspects of the turbulent lives of young people....   [tags: essays research papers] 2483 words
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Juvenile Courts - ... The difference in laws in different States is because of the different ideas and beliefs that people have. Because states are made up of different kinds of people who differ in the way they think and what they believe in hence should be given a chance of choosing the way they are to be governed. Another reason for differences in juvenile laws is the state’s history, for example Texas has strict laws due to its history of violence. If the violence rates in a state are high, it develops very strict laws with an aim of putting an end to criminal activities....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Juvenile Offenders Should be Tried as Adults - ... Nevertheless, this is especially relevant in case of young people; seeing a person of the same age being sent to the jail will make them think twice before developing a criminal design. At the same time, their age, and all other circumstances regarding their amenability, should be taken into consideration and examined in every separate case respectively. In addition to this, judges in regular criminal courts have all necessary knowledge and skills to try juvenile criminals correctly. Second, it is very doubtful whether the juvenile justice can in fact achieve the proclaimed goal of rehabilitation....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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