A Just Juvenile Justice System

The juvenile justice system and its courts are in place in each state in order to promote justice in the punishment of delinquent youths. Among every state, every city, every county and every individual court, there is a common goal of doing what is best for both the child and for the community. Judges are to reach a judgment that can punish a youth for his or her wrong, but even more so, punish them in order to prevent future crimes.  The juvenile justice system is meant to punish according to the individual needs of each and every delinquent. The authors of Juvenile Justice: A Social, Historical and Legal Perspective believe the use of the term “ juvenile justice system” is misleading. They believe the variation that extends from practice being at the discretion of police, district attorneys, and probation officers is broader than a system should allow for.  “System” to the authors is a misnomer, because each practitioner has his or her own juvenile justice ideology. To me, variation is the beauty of having a separate system for treating juveniles. The “system” is in place in order for each delinquent to be dealt with in a manner that is best suited to rehabilitate the youth – no matter who is within the system, what punishments it provides for, or the procedure the courts or correctional facilities lay out. The system is in place to differentiate youth crimes from adult crimes. If there is variation, it is because the needs of the youth are factors in determining the sentence then the system is functioning in its proper capacity.  … <Read More>