The Decision For Transfer A Youth

3437 WordsJul 23, 201514 Pages
The decision to transfer a youth to criminal court is a very sensitive subject to every individual who care about the young ones in society, because it pertains to our youths who are considered to be “the future.” Many will ask under what circumstances transfer should be allowed. Some believe that the best course of action regarding juvenile offenders is not transferring them to criminal court but rehabilitation – these individuals view punishment as a failed strategy for changing behavior, teaching skills, or developing new or more positive attitude and beliefs. While others believe that if they are old enough to do the crime, they should accept the court’s punishment. Over the years several young offenders have had their cases tried in adult courts, many due to the seriousness of the crime committed. And, like any other issue, there are those who support this act while there are others who thinks that the court is violating the rights of these individuals. This essay will take a look at the act of transferring a youth to criminal court. A youth is considered to be an individual who is not old enough to be held responsible for his/her own criminal actions. From the perspective of majority of states the age of criminal responsibility is normally between the ages of seventeen or eighteen. The lone state that differs drastically from the others is Wyoming, which list a juvenile as an individual under the age of nineteen, an age limit that many would find a bit high

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