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
These statistics are alarming and it makes a big issue for our society. We should deal with it and make appropriate punishments for juveniles which would dissuade them from crime. The other side believes that a young offender does not really understand what he or she did. They argue that their brain is not fully developed. (Schiraldi) We as humans have sense for right and wrong.
Both sides will carefully weigh the strength of their case and decide whether it is prudent to go to trial. The prosecution may also consider the publicity surrounding the case and whether there is public pressure to prosecute that particular defendant to the full extent of the law. The defense will consider the individual defendant’s desire to go to trial and the seriousness of the potential sentence. The Pros of Plea Bargaining For the defendant, the most significant benefit to plea bargaining is to take away the uncertainty of a criminal trial and to avoid the maximum sentence. Society also benefits from plea bargaining since the agreements lessen court congestion and free up prosecutors to handle more cases.
JDAI involves families as whole when juveniles are going through the court process, and they also include them in any future plans for the juvenile. JDAI has even used parents who have had kids that were involved in the court system to work as mentors for other people going through the same process (Casey, 2015). In the program that I am involved with, we not only provide counseling for the juveniles, but for the whole family as well. One of JDAI’s methods is to get as many people involved in making the juvenile justice system better suited to help these young offenders. JDAI is not about letting these juveniles offender off the hook with no consequences.
The programs offered in a juvenile detention center are tailored to the needs of juveniles. A young adult needs to learn how to respect the law. Being incarcerated with adults can and will lead to possible extortion. When placing a child in that type of environment, more than likely they become that environment. It opens doors for them to become unresponsive to necessary treatment.
When a crime is committed and an individual is caught in the act, there is a set process that one follows to adhere to the rules of the criminal justice system. This method can be simplified by looking at the common flow of events: (1) an individual is arrested, (2) individual is brought to court, (3) individual receives a punishment. Though it may appear that the way in which the criminal justice system functions is sufficient, many voice the concern that there are certain key players affected by crimes that are consistently disregarded. These players are otherwise known as the victims and the community. As a result, many have hypothesized a new approach to justice that incorporate all aspects of crime.
Juvenile Experimentation and Consequences In today’s society, juveniles are being prosecuted more and more for crimes that they commit as teenagers, and even pre-teenagers. To quote Mrs. Frizzle, a child should “take chances, make mistakes, and get messy”, but in today’s society that is discouraged, and can even lead to lifelong consequences. The government views juveniles as always self aware, and can give people sentences for crimes that they commit when they are children that ruin their whole lives. The influence of government on juvenile justice is too strong, because of the lifelong consequences experimentation and mistakes can have on an adolescent. The act of sexual intercourse is a natural occurrence.
Arguing the reasons why people do the things they do, comes from their mental state. Human development throughout their lifetime leads to the choices they make in the future. If a person has had a troubled childhood it is most likely that they would grow into a troubled adult which leads to a vicious cycle, as this adult would be be a troubled parent too. Regarding the Oscar Pistorius trial he claims that he suffers from anxiety disorder which makes him impulsive to his fears, but reports prove that Oscar does not suffer from any mental illness. Examining mental state, emotions and the development of the accused is just as important as the physical evidence of the crime scene.
The victim deserves similar level of protection and attention from the court like that of an accused i.e. a victim 's interests need to be balanced vis-à-vis that of accused. Victims of crime go through mental and physical trauma and suffer throughout their lives , as there place in the society changes. A victim is certainly entitled to reparation, restitution and safeguards of his rights and criminal justice would look hollow if justice is not done to the victim of the crime. In recent years, the Legislature and the judiciary have taken gradual steps to develop the necessary principles by which appropriate compensation could be paid to the victims of crimes.
There are some cost efficient programs and other options that may be more than expected but making sure one works the best should be looked at with a different strategy to reduce recidivism. Inmates usually have obstacles when pertaining to getting back on their feet and how they spend their time wisely keeping consistent on their new goals. Recidivism and redemption are somewhat similar where recidivism is whether a criminal still “look like they will enter back into crime as an offender and redemption make sure that criminal records depreciates in the future over time making employers to rely on former inmates criminal records. Desistance the act of ending criminal’s careers. Over time long term recidivism has shown to be desistance that significantly individual change during the process when supported for opportunities for work, housing, and
My career goal is to become a lawyer in the Juvenile Court System, my goal is to be able to help children in anyway I can. I feel that children are always misunderstood and that all they need is a little bit of guidance to be able help them. Another one of my goals is to take care of foster children, I want to be help take care of them. I have a lot of aspirations, it helps that I have a very big heart and an outgoing spirit. I love helping people, but I feel that I can help children more with the way of life and show them that they should never give up and that someone will always be there to cheer them on even if they fall and with hopefully working Juvenile Court that I would be able to give young children in trouble a better option and