What Kramer is saying is that a teenager that is a criminal would not be tried or treated as an adult because of the teenagers young age. Rita states that the present juvenile court system actually encourages the young delinquent to continue criminal behavior by showing them that they can get away with a crime. The juvenile court system is very similar to the New York Family Court system which was made to protect children who are usually under the age of 18 who kept on running into trouble with law. It was designed to function as helping parents of juveniles. By protecting those kids who were younger from the age of 18 juveniles always used the system as a game and said, “ I ain’t sixteen yet,” they cant do anything to me.
Juvenile delinquency laws were designed to provide treatment, rather than punishment, for juvenile offenders. Young delinquents usually are sent to juvenile courts, where the main aim is to rehabilitate offenders, rather than to punish them. But the term juvenile delinquency itself has come to imply disgrace in today's society. A youngster can be labeled a delinquent for breaking any one of a number of laws, ranging from robbery to running away from home. But an action for which a youth may be declared a delinquent in one community may not be against the law in another community.
People support sending juveniles to adult prisons for many reasons. One reason is that it is the job of the courts to help protect society. Once a troubled juvenile is sent to an adult prison, they are out of the way of society. Hopefully when they re-enter, the punishments they received will be imprinted in their brain and stop them from performing any wrong again. Another reason people think that disturbed youth cannot be saved is that punishment will not save them from themselves and they just need to be locked up forever.
It will banish the child and not give them an expression that is places with peers, hard work and time could promote a positive change in the child. The sentence could tell the child as well as society that this child will be rejected and there is no hope they may change their life. So then what do you expect from the child once released into the world, after being held in jail with adults for the entire life there punishment must be appropriate to the age and legal status in order for the punishment to fit the crime and age for rehabilitation. I don’t question the right of society for justice against a child that committed murder. But we have to think about the child and what we will put back in to
This sense of mutual responsibility and equality before the law must rule out a person from malicious mischief; otherwise they must be ready for suffering. The differences in punishment measures for different categories of offenders who commit the same crime undermine the system of social order and justice. Why should some offenders get second chance and escape punishment? Who will give a second chance to their victims? In order to make today children incapable of co... ... middle of paper ... ...ce is very dubious about its rehabilitative function.
This program served vulnerable—mostly white, poor, young, and m... ... middle of paper ... ...programs. The last priority in crime prevention is to invest time and attention in youths who have already begun a serious delinquent ‘career’. All of the programs we’ve considered up to now were designed to keep young people out of trouble in the first place. But it is also critically important to halt the downward slide of youths who are already in trouble. Hence, keeping troubled youth from becoming ‘chronic’ offenders by addressing, early on, whatever got them into trouble in the first place should be crucial part of any serious preventive strategy against crime.
Incarcerating youth offenders—some as young as fifteen years of age—in adult prisons proves dangerous to the potential growth and level of rehabilitative capacity for these persons. According to Democratic Councilman Phil Mendelson, “…statistical evidence shows adult-court prosecution tends to reinforce—rather than diminish—young offenders’ criminal tendencies” (... ... middle of paper ... ...distinct sub-groups of American society, and is quite frequently a result of socioeconomic instabilities. Works Cited Lebreton, M., Barnes, A., Miettunen, J., Peltonen, L., Ridler, K., Veijola, J., et al. (2009). “The Brain Structural Disposition to Social Interaction.” European Joural of Neuroscience, 29(11), 2247-2252.Doi:10.1111/j.1460-9568.2009.06782.x.
Another reason why I think juvenile offenders should not be tried as adults is because many of these juveniles come from an unfit home that can lead them to call out for attention by committing a crime and see if anyone would care. For example, my friend was very young when she started to display bad behaviors to call out for her parents ... ... middle of paper ... ...hange their lives forever. I think juvenile offenders should not be sentence nor tried as adults. Let’s also consider the lack of maturity in these juvenile offenders and let’s ponder that their mental capacity is still developing. Nevertheless, let’s not forget how an unfit, abusive, and peer pressure can influences them to commit a crime without thinking.
Juvenile detention facilities are designed to deter inmates from committing crimes again, which is not unlike the goal of adult correctional facilities. New approaches to achieving this goal are being implemented, but the rate of re-arrest is still alarmingly high. It is widely-thought that parents are to blame for their children's criminal behavior, but there comes a time when the children begin disregarding what their parents are telling them, eventually landing them behind bars. It then becomes the responsibility of the juvenile detention facility to do everything they can to rehabilitate the child. As children in juvenile detention facilities are often at the most vulnerable, impressionable stage of their life, these inmates are more likely to turn their lives around and avoid re-arrest if given the proper care than adults who are set in their lifestyles.
As members of society we must be aware of negative behavior and/or personality that could possibly lead to criminal behavior in the future. If we take responsibility for the youth of society as a whole, we will not only improve the life of that child, but we will improve the world we live in. The lack of connectedness that is portrayed by the delinquent youth can also be seen by the members of society. The attitude of, “ That is not my kid, therefore that is not my problem” contributes to the criminal society that we live in. I believe that the prevention, intervention and rehabilitation programs are helpful, but I also think that parents have the power to prevent their child from engaging in such acts of crime.