Crime And Juvenile And Adult Crimes

1019 Words Mar 7th, 2016 5 Pages
In today’s criminal justice system in the United States, there is a lot of dispute between what the qualifications are for juvenile and adult crimes. Some believe that the only difference is age. Others say it is the severity of the crime. It’s obvious that when adults commit crimes, whether they are a misdemeanor offense or a felony, they pay for it. The confliction comes when a juvenile commits a crime. What exactly determines if they are tried as an adult or a juvenile? Does it vary by state-to-state? Are there federal laws that govern that debate? There have been cases where children have been tried in a court of law as an adult. So what exactly is the clear cut reason why juveniles are tired sometimes as adults, and other times as juveniles?

So what exactly is a crime to begin with? According to dictionary.com, crime is defined as “an action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state and that is legally prohibited.” (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/crime?s=t). People of all ages commit a crime. The crimes that people commit can range from shoplifting to murder. But what happens when a juvenile commits one of these crimes? First, let’s cover what a juvenile is. According to (http://www.hg.org/juvenile-crime-law.html), “Minors under the age of 18 years, who commit a crime, or otherwise violate established rules and statutes, are identified as juvenile delinquents, juvenile offenders,…
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