There are more than 2,000 child offenders serving life without parole sentences in United States prisons for crimes committed before the age of 18 and Lolita Barthel is one of them. The United States is one of only a few countries in the world that permits children who commit crimes to be sentenced to prison forever, without any possibility of release. Only eight states in this country Alaska, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, New Mexico, New York, and West Virginia and the District of Columbia prohibit life without parole for youthful offenders. Unfortunately, adolescents, like adults, commit horrible crimes and make terrible mistakes. And, like adults, they should be held accountable but in accordance with their age, stage of development, and greater capacity for rehabilitation.
As with any criminal case, there are always a number of issues pertaining the stages of the crime and also the media and the general public’s opinion of the case. Many of the issues and explicit actions of certain individuals that had happened during the Corryn Rayney case had affected the interpretation of the case in someway for both government workers and the general public. By analysing the issues of the case, it allows a much more detailed view on the case and how most of the issues are linked in one way or another.
According to Simpson & Haven, the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman was a shock to the nation, but what was more appalling is the fact that O.J. Simpson was the one on trial for those murders. The authorities were more concerned of the victims’ rights were being neglected (Simpson & Haven, 2008). This paper will expose Nicole Simpson first time reporting intimate violence to the authorities long before her death. I will also examine stalking and intimate violence, victim rights as well as protection provided by the regulation and how it pertains to the case of Nicole Simpson. In addition to the connection in homicide, intimate violence and stalking. Particularly, the case of Nicole Simpson. The theories of criminology
The case between Angelique Lavallee and Her Majesty the Queen is one of the most famous court cases in Canadian history. I will be examining the events that led to this case, the controversial appeal of the legal recognition of battered woman syndrome, the final judgements on the case and what St Thomas Aquinas would have said about the judgements in this case.
Herbert Packer believed in a two-model form within the criminal justice system: crime control and due process. With the 1996 film, A Time to Kill, most of society watched this eye-opening and astonishing film and saw nothing but the conflict between races. As individuals studying for the future of criminal justice, it is imperative that we are able to analyze cases in movies and everyday life creating a second nature mindset of the rights and wrongs within cases. Packer explains and introduces to society in his article, Two Models of the Criminal Process, of the idea that crime control and due process are the key elements within the criminal justice system. Furthermore, the film A Time to Kill presents due process but little to no crime control through the court trial
(2) A person sentenced to imprisonment to life for the crime of murder is to serve that sentence for the term of that person’s natural life.
The first point of criticism against victim participation in restorative justice processes arises from scepticism about an apology to the victim as a way of dealing with criminal matters. The perception sometimes exists as to it simply being a way to get away with the crime.106 Members of the public should thus be educated to understand that restorative justice is more than a mere saying sorry, but in the context of victim offender mediation or family group conferences it rather affords the victim the opportunity to confront the child offender with the real and human cost of his or her criminal actions. Another concern deals with the possible secondary victimisation of the victim in the case where the offender pretends
Within the judicial and criminal justice systems, restorative justice is seen as a forward moving process in regards to the way in which the sentencing of offenders is handled (Britto & Reimund, 2013). Restorative justice works to focus on the needs of both the victim and the offender but incorporates the community as well as those who support both the victim and offender (Britto & Reimund, 2013). The approach of restorative justice in not simply a means by which society responds to and reduces crime but instead, provides an equivalently valuable social response to crime (Dancig-Rosenberg and Galt, 2013). Furthermore, the restorative approach places emphasis on the personal and relational harms which were caused by the crime while creating space for dialogue concerning the actual damage, whether directly or
Juveniles should be charged as adults in murder cases. First of all, the juveniles know exactly what they're doing in a situation like that. The second reason is, because they are able to commit a crime like murder, they are considered very dangerous. A third reason is, most of the time teenagers who commit crimes such as murder get a shorter time in jail just because of their age.
“Count one, guilty, first-degree murder. Count two, guilty of felony murder. Count three, guilty of especially aggravated robbery.” This is the verdict Cyntoia, a teen victim of sex-trafficking, got on August 25th, 2006. The case of Cyntoia Brown is about an innocent victim, who had been punished for finding the courage to fight against the ones who had hurt her. Ultimately, this case is the greatest injustice act against a person ever yet. Her whole life, she had been facing abuse and inequity. She was only 16 when she has murdered Johnny Allen in 2004, and is now serving a life sentence, with an eligible parole on her 69th birthday. What the jury hasn’t been told about is that Cyntoia has been repeatedly drugged and physically and sexually
The judge had to consider various factors before sentencing Kieran Loveridge such as social disadvantage, with his upbringing being exposed to crime, physical and verbal abuse and drug and alcohol abuse and his difficulty during his education due to his juvenile activities. The courts also discussed various factors like that Kieran Loveridge did not intend to kill Thomas Kelly, the intoxication state of Kieran Loveridge although his is not a mitigating factor and that it is very unlikely that with rehabilitation Kieran Loveridge will commit another similar crime. Using these factors and a discount of 25% for the guilty plea the judge produced his sentence of 7 years and two months and a non-parole period of 5 years and 2 months. Although for amount of counts of assault and a count of manslaughter the sentence is particularly short considering the discount as well although also considering Loveridge’s social disadvantage due to being exposed to heavy amounts of violence this behaviour does not come as ‘surprising’ although this does not condemn his actions it just merely shows the courts, his need for rehabilitation. In this situation with deep analysis the decisions and sentencing upon Kieran Loveridge were fair, thus achieving justice through
Proposition 62 wants to overturn the death penalty and turn it into life imprisonment. Meanwhile, Proposition 66 wants to shorten the death penalty time.The death penalty time should be shortened and not turned into life imprisonment in order to replace it. Life imprisonment would place the criminals in prison for as along as they live. Coincidentally, this would overcrowd the prisons even more. Some criminals deserve to die because they should not have the privilege to live 30 years after, from being sentenced to death for committing first degree murder. For example, there has been a case, in 1984, where Kermit Alexander’s family was murdered. As a matter of fact, the criminals have not been executed since they have received the death sentence.
The main objective of this article to see is domestic violence courts are meeting their goal to improve quality and process of the criminal justice response. An interview was done with justice stakeholders and the accused to know the impact of the courts. The two main principles of domestic violence courts are to provide early intervention to low risk and offenders and right prosecution for the serious offenders. By interviewing the accused the research found out that most were satisfied with what type of treatment they were offered by the court. There were some comments by the accused that domestic violence courts are biased in favor towards the victims. Results from the interviewing the justice members and the community stakeholder showed positive responses. Several showed a concern with the process being lengthy, not offering good enough treatments for the mental health, no help with financial issues and lack of communication between criminal and domestic violence courts which can affect the decision and be a risk to a victim. One positive outcome that has been proven by domestic violence courts is having a peace bond. There is a decrease in the number of trials showing that accused are willing to take advantage of the treatments they are being offered
A comprehensive 2014 study by Silke Meyer on an integrated response to domestic violence in Queensland defined ‘integrated response’ as, “a partnership response that involves formalized agreements regarding processes, roles, responsibilities and cross-unit accountability” (Meyer, 2014). A common feature is the integration of both criminal and civil response. Historically, the introduction of civil response has gained momentum since the implementation of the ‘exclusion order’, which allowed enforcement of removing a perpetrator of domestic violence from the family home. In the ACT, exclusion orders have been in effect since the implementation of domestic violence legislation in 1986. These civil measures
1. On the charges of theft and assault Mr Christall was sentenced to twenty one months imprisonment with a non-parole period of thirteen months despite the appropriate single sentence being described as one year and four months. The sentence was reduced from one year and four months on account of the guilty plea entered by Mr Christall. This sentence was later suspended on account of the accused’s apparent determination to beat his drug problem, evidenced by the fact that he had voluntarily sought treatment. The stable environment he has around him, his mental health issues, supported by a professional psychiatrist and the circumstances under which the crime was committed. This suspension