The Consequences Of Justice In The Juvenile Justice System

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Juvenile Justice System
It was a dreary winter morning in 1990 in Pennsylvania when the police finally found the last parts of the mutilated body of James Bulger, a two–year-old child who was brutally killed by Robert Thompson and Jon Venables. The murderers were both only ten at the time they conducted this heinous crime. After simultaneously striking Bulger in the head with a 22–pound iron bar and sexually abusing him, these cold-bloods laid the body across the railway tracks and weighed his head down with rubble with the intention of letting the train tear the body into parts. This tragic incident raised compelling questions among scholars and government officials: should juveniles be tried as adults when they commit felonies? Is it fair for juvenile delinquents to receive diminished sentences? Well, juveniles or not, the consequences of their illegal actions are the same. Innocents suffer. Families lose their loved ones. No citizen should be exempt from equal punishment. No criminal action should be tolerated. Juveniles who commit severe crimes must be tried in an adult court.
One of the most lasting and damaging repercussions resulting from any felony is the loss that the victim's family must endure. The authorities do not properly mete out justice until the criminal pays the price for what they have done. However, according to the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention and the Control Act which Congress passed in 1968, all states are required to not house juvenile offenders in the same facility with adults, and minors must not be punished like adults, but instead rehabilitated. Furthermore, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act in 1974 legitimized the Constitutional Rights and additional protection for youths while ...

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...ld deliberately reconsider whether these offenders' actions, such as murdering, raping, and robbing others, is “humane” or not. If juveniles callously conduct heinous crimes, then they should not hope for lenience from the justice system. They have relinquished a large portion of their human rights by the time that they commit their crimes. Scholars ask for a second chance to rehabilitate these wicked souls due to their psychological incapacitation, but the question is: Did they give their victims second chances? Did they truly feel regretful for their mistakes?
The debate surrounding juvenile justice system has already come to an end as almost every state in the United States has expanded the rules under which juvenile offenders can be charged as adults. It is a very wise decision since justice will be carried out fairly on every citizen, regardless of their age.

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