Juvenile Court System Essay

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Waiving juvenile cases to a criminal court is a complicated process, and may take some time in order to make the proper decision. There are a few different ways in which this decision is made. In some jurisdictions, the cases may be decided upon an intake unit within the court which then decides to process it formally or informally.
Other jurisdictions may use another agency such as the prosecutor’s office, or a social service agency to decide whether the case should go to juvenile or criminal court.
When a decision is made to transfer a juvenile case to criminal court, a judicial waiver is petitioned for, and the juvenile judge then has to make the decision whether the case should be criminally prosecuted. In some places though,
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The reason I say this is because there are numerous cases of where juveniles were sent to adult state prisons, and in most cases they were assaulted by the older inmates pretty severely. In Florida from 1995-1999, one out of two juvenile inmates was assaulted, not only by inmates, but also by correctional officers. Compare that to the number of assaults in juvenile prisons, one out of every 35.

     Two of the most famous recent cases of juvenile killers involve Lionel Tate, and Nathaniel Brazill. Tate, 12 at the time, beat to death 6 year old Tiffany Eunick imitating moves from pro wrestling. Eunick suffered a fractured skull, lacerated liver, broken rib, internal hemorrhaging and cuts and bruises. I do not believe that he didn’t know what he was doing to the little girl. He had to see that she was probably bleeding from her skull injury, and not to mention most likely screaming in fear and pain. If so, why didn’t he stop beating the girl? Just this January, Tate is possibly being released from prison based on his overturned conviction stating that his mental competency was never tested before the trial.

     The other juvenile offender I mentioned above, Nathaniel Brazill, who fatally shot his teacher right in between the eyes just minutes before school was let out for the summer.
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