Juvenile incarceration has created a lot of uncertainties in the legal justice system. This is because it is often assumed that indeed there are several persons that are underage that at the time of the crime did not have the proper mental reasoning to appreciate that indeed they were committing a crime. For this reason, there has been several problems regarding Juvenile incarceration and it has been argued that there is a need to re-evaluate and ensure that indeed the problems that affect the system are given the proper judicial involvement and justice. . This paper is going to examine how different it is from adults and juvenile when it comes to determining competency to stand trial in an adult criminal justice system.
There is a need to assess juveniles differently from adults. This is because adolescence can be described as important transition in adulthood and it sometimes it is known to be fraught with different complications. It is of the essence to therefore, understand that there is a need to look at the system critically and ensure that each and every sub-sector of the juvenile incarceration is looked at critically and the underlying cause of the present problems looked at. Teenagers and adults are essentially different and therefore, should be assessed different in regards to their competency to stand trial. This is because, adolescence is an important transition into adulthood and it is in many cases fraught with complications. There is a need to assess the children as being children. The judicial system has been created for adults and consequently, it often becomes difficult to test the children in a court of adults. Juveniles should be assessed as to whether they were in the proper frame of mind when they committing the crime. They should also be assessed whether they could appreciate the fact that they were committing a crime and understood the
References: When Kids Get Life: Profile: Jacob Ind http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/whenkidsgetlife/five/ind.html