Preferential Treatments in Juvenile Justice System.

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Chapter 15 in the textbook focuses mainly on juvenile justice. There are many subtopics under this chapter however, there was one topic in particular that attracted my interests. This topic was also touched on several times in the discussions board and it is the Preferential Treatments in Juvenile. These controversial treatments were specifically created and developed with a child’s best interests as a primary objective. The concept of this was introduce from the philosophy “parens patriae” which allowed the states to step in and take control of the problematic child. This philosophy was later developed and addressed by the Supreme Court around 1960’s and become today’s juvenile justice system. In this paper, I will discuss about the…show more content…
While the preferential treatments were designed to help and better children however, there are issues that we need to be aware of. In “Kent versus U.S (1966)”, a 14 year old Morris Kent was arrested and placed on probation from burglaries and attempted purse snatching charges, he then was released on probation back to his mother’s custody. Two years later, Morris Kent entered a woman’s apartment, took her wallet and raped her. Morris Kent was sent to adult court system, he then was sentenced 5-15 years in prison in each count. Morris Kent however, was only 16 year old at the time. From this case, I couldn’t help but noticed that Morris Kent was one of the people who slipped through the cracks of the system. I feel that the authority should have noticed and discovered Kent’s psychological problems in the first place and thus, preventing the incidents from happening in the first place. In my opinion, the preferential treatments could have been one the reasons why Morris Kent was released without a through evaluations and investigations. I strongly feel that Kent should and could have been treated early. Another issue with the preferential treatments is that it may encourage repeat offenders due to a soft juvenile disposition. In the textbook “Criminal Justice Today”, Schmalleger (2010) states “Most judges decide not to confine juveniles. Statistics indicate that in nearly two-thirds (62%) of all adjudicated delinquency cases, juveniles are placed on
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