Both juveniles and mentally ill adult offenders fell under the above category, it was possible that one could be found not liable due to their age and mental status’ and win a victory in court that could be categorized as legal injustice. Throughout this paper, inconclusive evidence was found that suggested legal definitions were basically written the same but were interpreted differently by various courts. The only noticeable shifts were found in the application of these terms inside the criminal justice system Jenkins (2003). Attorneys often used word play to make their arguments during a trial. The interpretation of words were what many felt changed the direction of the judicial outcome Feld (1991). Many findings support allegations that juvenile crimes are on a rapid increase inside the United States. Their crimes are becoming more and more violent in nature yet many courtrooms still hold them less accountable than they would a person who has reached the age of legal maturity (18 and older). After reviewing the various aspects of juvenile delinquency and crime, it can be concluded that judicial leniency is hurtful to all parties.
Each participant, victim families, the youth/mentally ill offender and society as a whole are impacted by unjust and bias laws respectively. Until stiffer punishments are put into place that will hold juvenile offenders to the same standards as adult offenders who commit the same or similar crimes loopholes inside the criminal justice systems will slowly widen and create room for greater sentencing disparities that will affect all offenders. A combination of legal jargon, chronological age and courtroom jurisdictions along with various other factors were proven to provide mentally ill adult o...
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