Thursday, December 13, 2012

Justice isn't served when offenders under 16 are treated as adults

Excerpt........please read full article, information and awareness of juvenile issues is so important to all, and our nation's children.

"Adult prosecution of juveniles under 18 – and particularly under 16 – distorts justice. It removes the flexibility and protections accorded by the juvenile court system in favor of something ostensibly tougher. But mostly it reflects a fear of “bad seed” juveniles who are beyond redemption and fit only for warehousing in adult prisons.
Many states lowered the age of transfer into the adult court system in the early 1990s amid an alarming rise in violent juvenile crime, much of it fueled by the arrival of crack cocaine in the nation’s cities............"

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