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RUNNING HEAD: DEALING 1

Dealing with Juvenile Detainees
Amanda Nault
CRJ 303
Prof. Jeffrey Cudworth
April 15, 2013

DEALING 2 There is a clear difference between adult offenders and juvenile offenders when it comes to the criminal justice system. There are different ways to handle each type of offender. In this paper, I will discuss the types of situations that criminal justice officials face when dealing with juvenile offenders. I will cite examples from different sources and explain them. When it comes to adult offenders, the criminal justice system has a clear cut way on how to handle them and what actions need to be taken for each and every case and every offense. When it comes to juvenile offenders, some people want to treat them just as they would adult offenders. Other people realize that these offenders are just children and should not be punished like an adult, but rather need to be rehabilitated back on the right path to becoming a model adult citizen. “The juvenile justice system was originally created to deal with delinquent acts committed by individuals under age eighteen (in most states), in a separate system designed to deal differently with juveniles then with adults. Over the years, however, the juvenile justice system has suffered from a lack of consistency and agreement on the mission and the approach” (Seiter, 2011). Juveniles today are different from those whom the original system was designed for. Today, juveniles are more likely to have more serious and violent charges and are more diverse in age, gender and race/ethnic background. Also, juveniles today have greater mental and emotional…...

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