Skip to content. In June, a year-old boy was arrested after he threw a rock at police during a political rally in New Mexico. Prosecutors stated that the boy, who was charged with two felonies, would be tried as an adult.
The court can order that:. The center will find out what education and treatment your child needs. Then your child will go a correctional facility or youth camp.
At the age of 16, Cameron Williams lives a life far removed from the world of other teenagers. Williams, who celebrated his sixteenth birthday in jail, faces up to years behind bars for second-degree attempted murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony. In November, Williams shot at a police officer in Omaha, Nebraska as he was being chased after being pulled over in a car with two other men.
The United States is the only country in the world where the justice system will sentence children to death behind bars for the crimes that they commit. Although the conduct is usually deemed to be violent, which makes the individual a threat to the general population, there is no way out of the system if you are a juvenile tried as an adult and then sentenced to life in prison. Cyntoia Brown is one story of about 10, who was sentenced as a juvenile for killing a man when she was just 16 years old. She was given clemency in after serving 15 years in prison for the crime.
Trial as an adult is a situation in which a juvenile offender is tried as if they were an adult. Where specific protections exist for juvenile offenders such as suppression of an offender's name or picture or a closed courtroom where the proceedings are not made publicthese protections may be waived. These courts also arose from a growing belief that instead of being "miniature adults", children and adolescents possess moral and cognitive capabilities that are not quite fully developed.
Early this month, the world woke up to a story of the murder of a year-old British citizen called Angela Wrightson. The world was in shock but what we all had to remember was the fact that these two teenagers would be punished but the punishment would not fit the crime since they are below Annoying, right?
Carmen Daugherty is the policy director for the Campaign for Youth Justicewhich is dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth under 18 in the adult criminal justice system. Laws that permit youth under the age of 18 to enter the adult criminal justice system represent a departure from the traditional understanding of juvenile justice — to serve the best interests of the child. An overwhelming amount of research shows that the adult criminal justice system is ill equipped to meet the needs of youth offenders, from trial to incarceration and re-entry.
Juvenile courts should be abolished. Supporters of getting rid of juvenile courts center their arguments on the need to punish juvenile criminals and a concern for juveniles' rights. The juvenile court is founded on false premises because its purpose is to shield youths from the consequences of their own actions. The current juvenile crime problem requires that we punish juvenile offenders in order to deter the next generation of juveniles from becoming predators.
By Lauren BaldwinContributing Author. In most states, when children are accused of criminal acts, the case most often is addressed in a juvenile court and not in the regular adult criminal court system. All states, however, have provisions that allow or require the courts to treat juveniles in certain cases as adults.