Juveniles And The Adult Court Successfully Reducing Recidivism Essay

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IS THE PRACTICE OF TRANSFERRING JUVENILES TO THE ADULT COURT SUCCESSFULLY REDUCING RECIDIVISM?
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Recidivism can be defined as the "reoccurrence of criminal behavior. Indicators of criminal behavior are re-arrests, re-convictions, and reincarcerations" (Maxfield & Babbie, 2006).
The situation whereby a juvenile offender is tried as though they were an adult is known as a trial as an adult. It was actuated in the 1990s after a high number of reported brutal adolescent offenses (Gainsborough & Young, 2000). Many of the young teenagers were reassigned from juvenile to criminal courts to answer to their charges. This action is questionable, because of concerns about the contrast between the mental and moral abilities of adolescents versus grown-ups and the simplicity with which adolescent cases can be reassigned. Supporters of the dissolution of the juvenile court, on the other hand, contend that indicting minor wrongdoers in criminal court offers better assurance to society and considers minors in charge of their doing.
Any individual below the age of 18 can be termed as a child. However, any child above the age of 14 at the time of the crime can be tried as an adult. This age can even be lower and differs among states. For instance, the youngest ever recorded successful trial as an adult was of a 12-year-old (Alexford, 2015). Almost every such case starts in a juvenile court with a felony accusation. The court must direct hearings and make…

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