The opposing side displayed that research suggested adolescents squeezed through the adult system are more likely to come out as violent career criminals than similar kids handled on the juvenile side (Lundstrom 88). This is false, due to researching more about each child it has came to my knowledge that a majority of kids released had a tendency to go back in to jail for committing other crimes such as theft or assault. Speak of Alex King, whose’ story of “Angels of Death”,
Juveniles Justice Juveniles who are criminals being sentenced to life without parole can be shocking to some people. I believe if a juvenile is able to commit a crime, then they are able to do the time. The article “Startling finds on Teenage Brains” talks about how the brain can be different from the time you are teens to the time you are an adult. After, considering both sides on juvenile justice it is clear that juveniles should face life without parole because they did the crime so they can do the time. Also I believe the juvenile’s age should not influence the sentence and the punishment give.
Thus, adolescents should not be given a life sentence to prison because they have the potential to
The court system should acknowledge the offenders past and realize that the reasons they are committing crimes are not their free will, it is elements in their past that have caused them to act in a deviant manner. Furthermore, Cullen and Johnson (2017) agree by stating, “science has demonstrated that un-chosen individual traits (e.g., temperament, self-control, IQ) and un-chosen social circumstances (e.g., family, school, community) can be
INTRODUCTION Juvenile justice is the area of criminal law related to persons not old enough to be held accounted for criminal acts, nearly all states; juvenile justice is applicable to those under eighteen years old. Juvenile law is mainly controlled by the juvenile codes of states. The main aim of the juvenile justice is rehabilitation rather than punishment. Juvenile justice is administered through a juvenile or family court, however, but juvenile court does not have authority in cases in which minors are charged as adults, where parental neglect or loss of control is the issue, the juvenile court may search for foster homes for the juvenile, treating the child as the ward of the court.
This is seen in Barry Feld 's Bad Kids: Race and the Transformation of the Juvenile Court, through Feld 's statement that "proponents [of the juvenile court system] reluctantly acknowledge that juvenile courts often fail either to "save" children or to reduce youth crime" (Feld, 1999, p. 3). The creation of the juvenile court came from Progressive reformers who thought that the judges in these courts could make decisions for the best interest of children (Feld, 1999); however, the courts were used to "respond flexibly to youths ' criminal and noncriminal misconduct… and to expand control and supervision of young people and their families" (Feld, 1999, p. 4). This information presented shows a different side of the ideas of control as suggested in Lesko 's article. However, Feld 's article addresses the power imbalance that also involves race and socioeconomics.
But, there is also the realization that not all of the prisons are filled with people as mentioned above. Many include individuals with pasts of drug offenses. In prison sentences, the minimum limit is 5 years for adults involved with drug felonies and 1year for those under the age of 21. Some suggest their incarceration time as ineffective while others demand more. Considering the situation, it is safe to say that
They are dangerous people who fall into two classes: those who actually committed nonviolent offenses, and were convicted of those offenses or those who plea-bargained down from other offenses-likely violent offenses-and were convicted of a nonviolent offense. Like other addictive behaviors, drug addiction may have serious negative consequences, including academic failure, job loss, and a breakdown in personal relationships. Here's all you really need to know about so-called nonviolent offenders. In 2004 the Bureau of Justice Statistics studied nonviolent offenders exiting state prisons.
As a result of public shaming being a more effective punishment, criminals are less likely to repeat the offense. Public shaming could result in a criminal to have a traumatic experience. Unlike other forms of punishment, public shaming allows for a criminal to truly feel what they did was wrong and it “can be a strong motivator for good behavior” (Diana Kwon). A criminal could be sentenced to 4-8 years of jail time and remain unchanged, but with public shaming the criminal receives publicity that is “so unpleasant that it qualifies as punishment” (Greg Beato). Because of this, Some people would argue that with public shaming a punishment is extended beyond the sentence.
Essay Week 5 The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative isn’t about letting juvenile offenders off the hook with just a slap on the wrist, it is about a more proactive approach that involves the community as whole. JDAI is about reducing the number of juveniles that are being detained and using that information to help make the right decisions for our youth that are considered at risk. The goals of JDAI are to reduce the number of juveniles that are in detention facilities, and to help reform the juvenile justice system. JDAI jurisdictions have achieved a cumulative reduction of 43 percent in average daily population (Casey, 2015)
Essentially the purpose of this bill is to lessen the punishment on minors who are forced into sex trafficking, while helping to provide them with recovery programs that are stated in other bills. Along with this, the bill also harshens the punishments for those who solicit the victims and the victimizers alike. If this bill is passed and made a law one of the limitations that will be lifted off of a victim of trafficking is that they can report the crime without any set date. Currently victims can’t report the crime if it is more than 5 years ago. This bill is so states can adopt safe habor laws which basically make sure that a trafficking victim is treated as a victim not a criminal and is given the proper help they need.
I have been volunteering with the Juneau Youth Court (JYC) for the last year and a half. JYC is an alternative court system ¬operated by students for offenders who are under 18, and allows teens who have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor offenses such as Minor Consuming or Shoplifting to have their case heard outside the state court system. When an offender has completed their sentence imposed by JYC, their case is dismissed; if they don’t go through JYC or don’t complete their sentence, their charges will remain on their record. JYC attempts to use a restorative justice approach to discipline rather than simply imposing a punishment so that young offenders will realize the harm that they did, and make restitution.
Connecticut Zero tolerance policies in Connecticut’s schools were contributing to high rates of School arrest and expulsion, particularly for youth with behavioral and mental health needs. In response, the state created the School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI) which uses mental health responders (provided by Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Service[EMPS] units) to respond to school-based incidents involving youth with mental health needs as an alternative to contacting the police or referring to juvenile court. The program is designed to reduce the number of school arrests, suspensions and expulsions by linking youth with mental health needs who are at risk of juvenile system involvement with appropriate community based services and supports.
The video I decided to do for the extra credit video analysis video is actually a video that we watched in my Sociology 310 class, about social theory. When I saw the assignment though, the video immediately clicked in my mind because of all the connections that could be made, and exemplify many of the key terms from class. The Stickup Kid (2014), is the story of 16 year old Alonza Thomas, who was sentenced to 13 years in the California adult prison system, after he failed an attempted armed robbery of a convenience mart. Thomas was the first minor tried under, then, newly enacted Proposition-21, which was a zero tolerance youth crime initiative for violent crimes, aimed at the so called “super predator.” I think the key points from our class that this video exemplifies are racialization, dominant culture, state apparatuses, and social location.