Question: Should juvenile offenders be tried and punished as adults? Claim: Juvenile offenders shouldn’t be tried and punished as adults. I.
There has been a lot of controversy over the issue of if juveniles should be tired and punished as adults. II.
Harsh Policies Do not work http://physiciansforhumanrights.org/juvenile-justice/factsheets/youthasadults.pdf III.
Adult Convictions Jeopardize Children’s Rights and Futures IV.
Risks to Children’s Health
These Policies Violate Human Rights
Negative Impacts on Youth Processed in the Adult System http://www.nccd-crc.org/nccd/pubs/2006may_factsheet_youthadult.pdf VII.
The Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act
What is the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act i.
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, originally passed in 1974, prevents youth under age 18 from being held in adult facilities unless the state defines “adult” as younger than 18, or if the youth was convicted of a felony or is awaiting trial for a felony offense. In certain circumstances for which the Act makes exceptions, such as for short periods in rural areas or while awaiting a court appearance, juvenile inmates are to be kept completely separate from adults. VIII.
Federal Youth Court Program http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/Programs/ProgSummary.asp?pi=23&ti=3&si=12&kw=&strItem=&strSingleItem=&p=topic&PreviousPage=SearchResults a.
What does it do?
Promotes the activities of youth courts, which offer communities a program in which youth are judged by their peers for minor delinquency, status offenses, and problem behaviors. Youth court programs have expanded rapidly, with a record 1,200 youth court programs in 49 States and the District of Columbia. ii.
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002 states that “juveniles…charged with or who have committed offenses that would not be criminal if committed by an adult or offenses which do not constitute violations of valid court...
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