Juvenile Delinquency Issues

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Abstract: An issue that is an issue in criminal law is juvenile delinquency. Under present conditions and modes of modern day norms this area of concern demands more attention. Not only are people responsible for the community but also for all of that citizens that live in them. The current problem in respect to crime is juvenile delinquency. While an issue that more prevalent in the inner city, but an issue that reaches out into towns and sometimes reach as far into the country. Juvenile delinquency is a complex subject because there are hereditary and environmental factors that are at work that become more recognized and exhibit more in homes that lack discipline. In addition, juveniles often commit acts which, if committed by an adult, would…show more content…
Juveniles commit acts that if committed by an adult would be criminally liable. Thus, juveniles who commit certain acts come within the area of responsibility of law enforcement officers. These lawbreakers are called delinquents in the jargon of criminal professional within the field. There are individuals that argue that the delinquency of juveniles up to the age fifteen are a problem for the police and welfare workers (Prettyman, E, B., 1961). However, this is based on individual opinion that may not be accurate in describing all juveniles within the justice system. Meaning that juveniles may be more problematic in the inner city due to higher police presence in comparison to individual who live in the suburbs or country. Nonetheless, despite the location of the delinquent, if one comes into contact with law enforcement either through being caught/reported for petty thievery or for more violent offenses such as murder, they will have will eventually be subjected to judicial…show more content…
This law is known as transfer laws. Transfer laws were designed to enhance community protection by deterring juveniles from committing serious crimes. Moreover, this law created certainty of incarceration period of adequate proportion through trial and sentencing in a criminal court. Transfer laws also reflect the idea that juvenile who committed and convicted of serious offenses could be fully culpable and deserving of adult punishment with the average sentence length being that of 8 years for violent offenses. The number juveniles who have been charged and convicted of violent offenses make up roughly 2% of the inmate population according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Despite making up such portion of U.S. the prison, transfer laws can have many consequences for offenders. Other than a lengthy sentence, during the time juveniles are easily abused and suffer as a result. Felony conviction can also result in losing a number of rights including the right to vote, register as sex offender for statutory rape, and loose out on employment opportunities that would not be the result if charged in a regular juvenile court. This leads to questioning on weather transfer laws work for juvenile offenders. Many criminal cases involving
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