Juvenile Court Case Analysis

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The original jurisdiction for prosecution in juvenile court depends on the state, typically with an upper age of fifteen, sixteen, and/or seventeen. In the juvenile courts, violations of criminal law are referred to as delinquency cases. In 2009, US. courts with juvenile jurisdiction handled more than 1.5 million delinquency cases (Hockenberry & Puzzanchera, 2014). In a 2012 landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court struck down laws that mandate a life sentence for convicted juvenile offender which was Miller v. Alabama. The Court held that mandatory life without parole for those under the age of 18 at the time of their crimes violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of “cruel and unusual punishments” and that a “judge or jury must

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