The Law And The Criminal Justice System

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In our history juveniles have been accused of many crimes, and have been sentenced as adults even though some juveniles are so young that the thought of such a long sentence is crazy. Over the years many laws and systems have changed to accommodate the rise of crime from juveniles to perhaps treat them rather than punish them as adults. With many juvenile cases over the years, these cases have helped shape the system to accommodate better for juveniles and there rights. Fundamental Rights History has shown that the criminal justice system needs to act differently when crimes come from juveniles, that putting someone 7 years old as an example or under the legal age in jail or giving them an adult sentence is really not the right thing for a child when more children turned juveniles tend to pick up criminal behaviors from those around them, friends and family. They just need to be helped in most cases, given support and treatment, not a harsh sentence. “Between the founding of the juvenile court in 1899 and the Kent v. United States case in 1966, the United States Supreme Court respected the intentions of juveniles court officials to seek the best interests of the child by allowing juvenile court judges and related personnel a great deal of discretion in attempting to achieve those objectives. In the mid-1960s, however, the Supreme Court was confronted with several cases that indicated that such a hands-off approach was no longer appropriate.” (book) Where in some cases it 's
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