Juvenile Justice System

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Criminals can be all different ages; one particular category of criminals is the juveniles. A juvenile is someone who is at or below the upper age of the original jurisdiction in their resident state (Juvenile Justice, 2013). Juveniles due to age are not treated at the same level as adults; due to this we have Juvenile Justice. Juvenile justice was said to be considered all the way back to the early years from the English brought over to American culture from England (Juvenile Justice, 2013). Since then in America we have had 5 major periods in the Juvenile Justice system. The first major period was the Puritan Period which was observed from 1646-1824. This was started by the English settlers when they came to the new land. They brought over many of their laws from England (Juvenile Justice, 2013). During this time fathers had all control over families and they had very harsh punishments for juveniles. The laws were so tough they even had the death penalty for children who disobeyed their parents (Juvenile Justice, 2013). In 1646 Massachusetts passed the Stubborn Child Law, creating the first status offense, an act considered only illegal for minors. This law stayed in place for more then 300 years (Juvenile Justice, 2013). Age has always been a factor in law, even in the early years. Any child 7 or younger can not be charged with a felony, they are not completely able to determine right from wrong until over the age of 14 but just can not be charged with a felony

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