The Legal System Of School

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Through the seventeenth and eighteenth century, multiple developments that occurred in England aided in the advancements and recognition of children’s rights. Over time, these advancements affected the juvenile legal system as it emerged in America. These changes include changes in family style and child care, the English Poor Laws, the apprenticeship movement, and the role of the chancery court. (Siegel and Welsh) Changes in family structure made a huge difference with children’s rights. Marriage became based on love and mutual attraction which changed the concepts of marriage. The change in family structure influenced the way children were being treated. Children started to go to school, and become educated. The punishment systems of school started to become a concern for children that were being mistreated, and punished physically. Poor Laws forced children to be under the care of families that trained them in agriculture, trade or domestic services. In Apprenticeship movements, children were placed under the care of adults that would teach them duties and skills. Chancery Courts is where the king has protective control over the children and other incompetents. These courts dealt with custody and property problems. While England was advancing according to children’s rights, the Americas began to use similar concepts to deal with children. Before the twentieth century, children and adults were treated the same in the criminal justice system, and were offered the same…

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