a.Before the time of juvenile courts, people thought that children under the age of seven were not capable of forming criminal intent. This took the youngest out of the criminal justice system. People also thought that kids ages seven to fourteen were incapable of knowing what the rules or laws are. Children over the age of fourteen were thought to have the ability to process criminal intent. Children that did commit a crime and were over fourteen were tried in court and could be sentenced to any punishment that an adult could have. The child could be sentenced to jail, and would be in it with adults.
Juvenile Offenders Should Juveniles be waived to adult court Philosophy 14 Nov 98 Should juveniles be waived to adult court. There has been tension between teens (pre-teens) and adults for thousands of years, and the question how to deal with the youth of a culture, in a punishment sense, has been with us for just as long. Socrates, for example, stated that "children show little respect for there elders." Since Socrates time largely due to the spread of guns and drugs, younger and younger children are committing violent crimes. Children that have special needs or have committed a criminal act have been subject to state protection since, 1838.
“In the law a juvenile is defined as a person who is not old enough to be held responsible for criminal acts.” (“Juvenile Law”). Juveniles are not adults therefore they should not be treated like they are an adult. Most adults’ brains are fully developed and should have a different consequence than a juvenile whose brain is nowhere near fully developed. Juvenile delinquency can be resolved before any serious act takes place, or after a violent felony is committed. Whichever way the juvenile is helped there are plenty of ways to help juveniles prepare themselves for their future of becoming an adult, and the consequences that come with actions. There are many reasons why juveniles should be treated differently than adults in the criminal justice system.
...pe punishment as their adult counterpart. “The courts often are face with the decision when a juvenile commit what is other wise considered an adult crime” (Bartollas & Miller, 2008, p. 155).
As a child grows up, the child is taught that all choices have a cause and an effect. Whether they make the right choice or not, they know the difference between the two. With that in mind, the people who believe juveniles should be tried as an adult believe that a child knows what is right from what is wrong. From approximately the age of twelve years old, the people believe the juvenile is "fully aware of the [choice] to intentionally cause harm" to another person (Banda). Therefore, the people conclude that, with such actions, the juvenile should be tried the same as an adult would. While age, background, and circumstances are taken into consideration in a juvenile court, they are no longer looked at in the adult court system. Adult cour...
Alexus Ellis English 11 Mrs. Murphy 12 February 2014 Should Juveniles be tried as an adult? In some states “Juvenile” is the age of seventeen and younger. All states are different juveniles can also be an adult anywhere between 15 or 18 (Merrefield). If any juvenile commits a crime that an adult would get charged for and get served prison time a juvenile should as well.
The book “No Matter How Loud I Shout” written by Edward Humes, looks at numerous major conflicts within the juvenile court system. There is a need for the juvenile system to rehabilitate the children away from their lives of crime, but it also needs to protect the public from the most violent and dangerous of its juveniles, causing one primary conflict. Further conflict arises with how the court is able to administer proper treatment or punishment and the rights of the child too due process. The final key issue is between those that call for a complete overhaul of the system, and the others who think it should just be taken apart. On both sides there is strong reasoning that supports each of their views, causing a lot of debate about the juvenile court system. Edward Humes follows the cases of seven teenagers in juvenile court, and those surrounding them.
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. US 1966:1055). These " special rights and immunities " exist so that the justice courts can provide measures of guidance and rehabilitation for the child along with protection for society. However, there are some youths who are extremely dangerous and do not respond to attempts to reform themselves. The question is, should established mechanisms for transferring or waiving juvenile court jurisdiction in these exceptional cases take away these "special rights" and subject the youth to the full range of penalties for criminal behavior including, in some jurisdictions, execution (Thomson vs. State, 1986:784) ? Should These juveniles who perform the same malicious acts as some adult capital offenders be subject to the harshness of the criminal courts and the finality of the death penalty ? This paper will discuss a history of capital punishment for juveniles in the United States, methods of transferring juvenile cases to cri...
Trying Juveniles as an adult- The right thing to do “Many people in the world believe juveniles are mentally conscious of their actions’’. Possibly knowing right from wrong; they should be punished as an adult. Often times crimes they commit affects and hurt the families of their victims. I strongly believe juvenile offenders should be charged as an adult despite their age.
As I have previously, directly and indirectly, mentioned in some of my other posts, abolishing the juvenile justice system may not be such a bad idea if all of the benefits are taken into consideration; therefore, I am in opposition of keeping the juvenile court.