Adult Criminal System Research Paper

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How Does the Juvenile Criminal System Differ from the Adult Criminal System? Frank Salas DeVry University How Does the Juvenile Criminal System Differ from the Adult Criminal System? The juvenile criminal system and the adult criminal system are backbone of the law. Without either one of these criminal systems the perpetrator would not be tried fairly. In 1825 New York City prevention of juvenile delinquency opened up the first juvenile delinquent center. For troubled youths in the area. In 1855 Chicago opened their first juvenile center, which we designed to separate the adults from the juveniles. In 1899, the first juvenile court in the United States was established in Cook County, Illinois. Let’s get to understand what the term…show more content…
A juvenile is a person who is under the age of which ever state they’re from. For example Connecticut, New York and North Carolina a juvenile is considered anyone under the age of 16. The word delinquent is not meant to be a derogatory term as we all might think. The word “delinquent” its literal meaning suggested a failure of parents and society to raise the child, not a failure of a child. By having different states with different category of what is considered a juvenile is not fair. Every state should have the same age discretion in which to determine what the cutoff is to be considered a juvenile. Two juveniles commit the same crime, one lives in New York and the other lives in Wyoming. They’re both 17 years old. Why, the juvenile in Wyoming should get tried as a juvenile and the juvenile in New York gets tried as an adult? By sending these juveniles to adult prisons will hurt them more than it will help them. Juveniles who get sent to adult prisons and interact with the adult prisoners come out…show more content…
We’re putting juveniles in adult prisons with the likes of child abusers, murderers and rapists. In Missouri the system for juveniles is there to help the juvenile unlike giving up on them. There are some places where it is not. The most widely recognized exception is Missouri, which has spent decades constructing a juvenile system that puts other states' to shame. Its emphasis is not on punishing young people but on saving them. And it has yielded impressive results. Three years after leaving the system, only 8 percent are back in it (a statistic that has held up, within a percentage point or two, for years), (Cose 2010). Giving a second chance to those juveniles who don’t pose a threat to society is the right thing to do. The statistics from Missouri are a breath of fresh air. Knowing that the juvenile can be rehabilitated and make something of themselves should be the example to all the states. Everyone makes mistakes at some point their lives, some greater others, some younger than others. But the ones that we know were influenced by the social climate in their neighborhood or the ones who were misguided by adults can probably be rehabilitated through programs offered by the state and giving them what they never had. Children who grow up in urban areas, often times end up in gangs from the fear of not being accepted and are most times looking for a family

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