Due Process And Juveniles ' Rights

1305 Words Oct 2nd, 2015 6 Pages
Lindsey Angell
Juvenile Delinquency
Dr. Olson
2 October 2015

Chapter 7: Due Process and Juveniles’ Rights
The U.S. Supreme Court on Juvenile Justice During the first sixty years of its existence, the practices and policies of the juvenile court went unchallenged. The original goal of the juvenile courts was to focus more on treatment instead of punishment.
Kent v. United States (1966) In 1961, 16-year-old Morris Kent was charged with rape and robbery when he was on probation. Kent was sentenced to 30-90 in prison after being found guilty in a criminal court. The judge had waived jurisdiction without a hearing, therefore, the waiver was found invalid.
In re Gault When 15-year-old Gerald Gault was on probation, he and a friend made ‘obscene comments’ in a telephone call made to a female neighbor. At the hearing, Gerald had no counsel. On top of that, the victim, the neighbor, was not present, and there was no evidence presented. He was found guilty and sent to a training school. Personally, I think that the trial was really in violation of due process rights. From what I have learned in the past, all suspects have access to an attorney, and they have a right to be able to face the victim in their trial. Having Gerald adjudicated delinquent and sending to a training school was unfair to him. He had an unfair trial, and therefore should have had the option to be retried with the victim and an attorney present.
In re Winship Samuel Winship, a 12-year-old, was…

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