Juvenile Court System Essay

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Juvenile Court System
Felicia Simmons

Monty H, Mathis M.Ed

Juvenile Court
The juvenile court system takes into different consideration when it comes to juveniles. They look at the age of the juvenile as well as the nature of the offense or crime that has been committed. Although the nature of the offense or crime will not ensure that the juvenile will be charged as an adult. In the juvenile court system when a minor commits a crime they are referred to as delinquent not criminals. Juveniles are not arrest they taken into custody and also in court a juvenile case can have adjustment made so that the minor may be sent home or placed in a detention facility, or a ...view middle of the document...

All of these authority figures are allowed to use discretion with the decision they will make to take someone into custody or give them a citation. They both will receive Miranda Warnings and protection from pre-judicial lineups. They both have equal protection of their rights during court as well as if found to be dangerous they both may be detained without bail. Also a juvenile as well as an adult can be subjected to being drug tested if needed. The court also puts a safeguard into place for anyone that makes an admission to guilt.
Delinquency and Status Offenses
The definition of delinquency is an antisocial or criminal behavior by children or adolescent or an antisocial misdeed in violation of the law by a minor. An example would be if a minor was taken into custody for stealing a car. The definition of status offense is an action that is prohibited only to a certain class of people and most often applied to offense only committed by minor.
Variables that Correlate with Juvenile Crimes
There are many factors that come into place when it comes to variables of juvenile crimes. Things such as parental control or guidance, peer pressure, poverty, drugs, alcohol, and gangs. When a children is brought up in poverty this can make things like stealing, gangs, using alcohol and drugs and violence a part of everyday life, because this is a means of survival. One thing that has been proven to make people turn out to be violent or turn to drugs and alcohol is not having parents that show they truly care about the well being of the juvenile. In this case children run away or stay in trouble with the law in order to get the attention that they are searching for. Although not everything done by the juvenile can be blamed on the parent, but as a parent has to take accountability for their children or Childs actions. It is also their responsibility to give their children a positive outlook on life by making sure no matter the circumstances they make the best out of any situation. I think that the only way to battle the rise in juvenile crime is to give the juveniles something other than negative things to meaning...

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