There are many teenagers in the United States who are being charged life without parole in adult prison for crimes such as: involvement in a murder, second degree murder, first degree murder, and involuntary murder. Most people believe that when it comes to a juvenile murdering someone, they should be put in prison for life and tried as adults because it’s better for everyone in the situation. It’s understandable that adults believe teens know right from wrong even though their brains aren’t fully developed. Although they could be right, it’s proven that the majority of juveniles who are admitted to the adult system tend to develop mental disorders and are found to become more aggressive because of their surroundings, as a teenager myself, I believe there are other ways other than punishment for life for
Strain Theory Delia Sanchez Professor Downey December 1, 2016 Abstract In this paper, the many reasons on how strain theory best attests juvenile punishment will be explained. Juveniles often go through many traumatizing events in their lives, and one reason on how to cope with that is, crime. Minors depend on crime for a number of things, such as seeking out a family, a way to rebel against their parents, and looking for a way to quickly “gather” money. Throughout the paper, the many details on how, and why this happens, will are further explained. Strain Theory Juvenile delinquency is the behavior that violates criminal law by a youth individual who has not yet reached the age of specified age.
There are differences between a juvenile court and criminal court in the United States. The focus of the juvenile justice system is on rehabilitation, in hope of deterring the minor away from a life of crime so they will not commit a crime again as an adult. In contrast, the criminal justice system focuses on the punishment and often bases the sentencing outcome on the criminal history of the youth. In a study conducted, Butler (2011) showed that the participants’ experience with adult jails and prisons show that those facilities may instill fear but are otherwise emotionally—and often physically—dangerous for youth. Many of the adult prisoners, who were minors when they enter the adult institution, felt they were forced to “grow
“New Orleans prosecutors are seeking life without parole [for juvenile offenders] in half of all cases; in West Baton Rouge Parish, 100 percent,” (“Justice for the Youngest Inmates”). Whenever a minor is found guilty of committing a crime, he or she must go through the processes of the juvenile justice system. There has been much controversy over how young criminals should be punished and corrected for breaking the law. The goal of the juvenile justice system is to rectify the mistakes that youths have committed in order to produce functional, well-mannered members of society. However, juveniles are often treated poorly after being tried and come out of the detention facilities in a worse condition than when they entered.
They know the consequences that they will receive but still go through with the crime and are even proud they did. “The unintended consequence of these laws was that children as young as 13 or 14 who were charged as adults became subject to life without parole sentences” (Garinger, paragraph 2). Why would a teenager that young need to plan and commit a crime? There is no need and they are still young to get their life torn away to be put behind bars. “… cases, ‘juvenile offenders cannot with reliability be classified among the worst offenders’… they remain unformed, it is impossible to assume that they will always present an unacceptable risk to public safety” (Garinger, paragraph 6).
About eighteen percent of youth referred to the juvenile court are held in detention, awaiting the outcome of their cases. Juveniles charged with drug or personal crimes are mostly likely to be charged With public order and property crimes less likely to get detention. Just as the use of detention has dramatically increased over time, informal adjustment of cases has declined over time, and formal hearings now account for the process in more than half of all juvenile cases. These two trends show the increasing formality of juvenile justice system in response. In cases where a petition has been filed, youth progress to the adjudicatory stage(equivalent to the criminal trial).If a youth is found guilty or plead guilty , he or she is adjudicated to felonious, or adjudication may be withheld contingent upon the youth completion of some program or sanction.
There are other effects imprisonment has on an offender, for example mental illness, suicidal, isolation, the fear of being attacked or preyed upon, also the low self-worth one has. This is the more formal aspect of the criminal justice system. The juvenile justice system has the same effects of incarnation on young person as the adult system. Incarnation damages an adult, it is for this reason that the juvenile justice system try to avoid placing youth criminals into the young
Juvenile Justice is the primary system used to handle youth who, in fact, is convicted of criminal offenses. These crimes juveniles commit each and every day are they innocuous or dangerous towards our society? Either way they are tried as adults. I´m stating the fact that when juveniles commit crime they should be treated differently from any other adult criminal. In today 's society, there is always stereotypes about juveniles not just the fact that they have committed a crime at any point of their life, indeed by the drug influence, background, or race.
The story strongly implies that the imprisonment is punishment of the crime not a tool of killing the juveniles. The story ‘15 to life: Kenneth’s Story’ is based upon the child or juvenile injustice to the imprisonment for their commitment of crimes. The main thesis of the film is developed on taking consideration of the rules and laws of the U.S and their justice towards the juveniles. The children committed to crime only with the behavior and the knowledge what they develop. They are wrongly guided or influenced.
Exposing young inexperienced offenders to the harsh reality of adult jail leave juveniles open to being negatively influenced by older inmates. The juvenile justice system is the right place to handle at risk teens and younger juveniles. Adult jails are for those who are able to vote. There is no state were a seven-year-old child can vote. The programs offered in a juvenile detention center are tailored to the needs of juveniles.
In contrast, in adult justice system, parole is primarily based on surveillance and monitoring of illicit behavior.The juvenile justice system aims at the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders. The underlying rationales of the juvenile court system are that youth are developmentally different from adults and that their behavior is malleable. Rehabilitation and treatment, in addition to community protection, are considered to be primary and viable goals (Reiman, 2006). As for the adult justice system, it mainly focuses on the punishment of