Juvenile Detention : A Second Chance Towards Life

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Saurabh Dekate Professor Patricia Loughrey English 301B 23rd September 2014 Juvenile Detention, a second chance towards life The juvenile court established in Chicago in 1899 defines a juvenile as a youth who is not old enough to be held responsible for his crimes. Every state has a standard threshold for age, which classifies the person as an adult or minor. Accordingly, they are prosecuted in the adult or juvenile courts as per their age. United States have experienced an increase in its crime rate in the last few decades. The number of juvenile crimes has increased exponentially. Many of these juveniles are accused of hideous crimes such as murder and rape. But all the juvenile crime does not take place in the same circumstances. For such juveniles, who are basically unaware of their actions, can be reformed in rehabilitation centers. During the trial of Graham, who was accused of armed robbery. Attorney Roper V. Simmons argued that, “From a moral standpoint, it would be misguided to equate the failings of a minor with those of an adult, for a greater possibility exists that a minor’s character deficiencies will be reformed.”. He believed that due to lack of sense of responsibility and maturity, the minors have a high probability of being vulnerable to bad influences. And he also believes that reforming the psychology of minors is more probable than as compared to that of adults. He wanted Graham to get one more chance to prove himself as a man who would be honest and
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