How is the tension between individual rights and public order reflected in the juvenile justice process? How do both sets of concerns influence ideas for revision of the juvenile justice system?
States such as Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, and New Hampshire consider the age of 17 to be the maximum age juvenile court will accept. Some states such as North Carolina and New York go as low as 16 as the maximum age a juvenile court will take on the case. Do you feel that this should be up to the state's or do you feel we should have uniformity across all states? Do you feel that juvenile courts should consider everyone under the age of 18 as a juvenile if they commit a crime?
Lastly, do some independent research on the case of Lionel Tate, 12-year-old boy out of Florida who was convicted of murder for conducting a wrestling move on a next-door neighbors child. Review the video link on Lionel Tate. In the case of Lionel Tate do you feel that he was mistreated by the Justice System and was unfairly charged as an adult? Do you think that his race could have played a role in his sentencing? If so please explain why you feel this way. Also, do you think that the economic status of a juvenile can play a role in the sentencing process?
The juvenile justice system is a foundation in society that is granted certain powers and responsibilities. It faces several different tasks, among the most important is maintaining order and preserving constitutional rights for the juveniles. When a teenager is arrested the court becomes crucial in for his trial, conviction, sentencing, and rehabilitation. This paper examines the primary difference between the juvenile court system and adult court.