America's Juvenile Injustice System By Marsha Levick

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Video Research Paper Juvenile delinquency is a controversial topic that this country has been trying to improve on for many years. In the YouTube video “America’s Juvenile Injustice System” Marsha Levick discusses the exact injustices that are occurring in our justice system. She provides examples of those who have gone through the system and did not receive their justice. This video is a Ted Talk done in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was created with the intent to inform its intended audience about how the juvenile justice system came to be and how much further it still needs to go in order to give justice to all the juveniles who go through it. Hilary Transue was one of the children mentioned who had fallen through the justice system. …show more content…

She made a fake website page that was devoted to making fun of her Vice Principal at school for other kids to see. She ended up getting six years in a correctional facility for doing something most kids do anyway. This is such a minor problem that it should have just been handled by the school and not even reached the courts. After her times served she ended up getting her life back on track but most people are not that lucky. She attended a university and got her bachelor’s degree and got a job as a teacher at a school with at-risk youths. Then there was Charlie Balasavage. He was a young kid who wanted a scooter to ride around in his neighborhood. His parents saw that their neighbor was selling a scooter, so they decided to buy it for him as a gift. The scooter ended up being stolen but neither Charlie nor his parents knew that the scooter was stolen. Charlie ended up being charged …show more content…

357). This case was brought up with Marsha Levick in order to show one major injustice that went all the way to the supreme court that ended up creating laws so that it would never happen again. Gault’s parents were not notified that he had been arrested, no one was sworn in at the case, and there was no record of what had happened during the trial (McNamara Pg. 357). Eventually this case ended up in the Supreme Court and changed the juvenile system forever. The ruling made it so that juveniles have a constitutional right to notice of the proceedings, right to counsel, right to confront and cross-examine accusers, the right against self-incrimination, and the right to appeal a decision (McNamara Pg. 358). This case changed how the juvenile justice system functions and made it so that children today can get a more fair

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