Juvenile Offenders And The Criminal Justice System

860 WordsJun 17, 20154 Pages
Once youth is committed a crime he or she must face the criminal justice. Whether it is simple face to face contact with the police officer or trip to juvenile facility, juvenile is becoming part of the criminal justice system. For many youth it is their first contact with the justice system however for some others it is a very familiar process. So once juvenile is making face to face contact with the police officers, his life is in the hands of that officer who can make very important and sometime life changing decision for that youth. It is up to that officer to determine whether the youth will be headed to the juvenile facilities or straight home. The difference between youth and adults crimes, is that with adult crime, police officers don’t have much of discretion to whether arrest or not that offender. Majority of the time they follow certain guidelines and laws. With juvenile justice system, officers have more freedom to make that decision. However officers do not just have a discretion whether to arrest juvenile or let him go, they also can impact juvenile’s court decisions after he or she are arrested. The main goal of juvenile facilities are to punish and rehabilitate juveniles and prevent them from committing a crime. Juvenile justice system is very important and it is very important that each case are looked at differently and each juvenile is provided with fair, yet severe enough punishment that would deter that youth from committing another crime. In order to
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