Juvenile Justice

In the society we live in today, juvenile justice is a nation wide concern of law enforcement.However to what extent the laws and penalties used towards the youth of today has been a major focus of many criminologists and organizations around the nation.Many people feel that all the laws should be prosecuted to the fullest extent, however there are just as many who feel the minor offenses should be dismissed so that the juvenile’s future and record will not be tarnished for a nonviolent law.
The juvenile justice system needs to be strict with even minor, nonviolent offenses because the record of a juvenile may be studied to predict future violators.”The task for a successful juvenile justice system is to identify this group of chronic offenders and incapacitate them through extended periods of incarceration” (Barr p. 1).Many criminologists have recognized that the following characteristics of a repeat offender’s juvenile record are similar: “. . . child abuse and family disintegration, economic and social deprivation, low neighborhood attachment, parental attitudes condoning law violating behavior, academic failure, truancy, school drop-out, lack of bonding with society, fighting with peers and antisocial behaviors early on in life” (Wilber 1).If a juvenile justice system prosecutes on early offenses, the juvenile will be able to be tracked and therefore easier to spot the characteristics of a repeat offender.The tighter the courts around the nation would be, the quicker the state can study and find these repeat offenders.
On the contrary if the juvenile is let off on hisfirst offenses, the future of the juvenile will not have been tarnished by committing a mistake.The future of the juvenile is more important than the prediction of who will be future repeat offenders.The consequence of afirst offender of a non violent act should not receive jail time or be put on probation, but rather a confe

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