Juveniles Learning Lessons?
CRJ301: Juvenile Justice
The juvenile court system was begun over a hundred years ago, and the principle presumption was that juvenile court should not allow juvenile offenders to be tried with adults in criminal court. Juvenile court was established for youths who become offenders and would be dealt with because of their agesand not so much their crimes. The reason for the juvenile court was to treat them and guide them in the right direction. It did not begin as a place of punishment for youths. During the 1980s and 1990s, the juveniles were becoming more and more volatile and the public became adamant about wanting juveniles being tried as adults. Several states constituted laws to make it simpler to try chosen young criminals as adults; many states advised the intransigent proposition of eradicating juvenile courts.