Week 5 - Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Crime Article

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1 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Crime Article Lorena Gatti CJS/201 May 2, 2016 Dr. Gale Tolan
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2 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Crime Article The juvenile justice system was designed over 100 years ago. The system was built to help develop the kids who were found guilty of minor crimes such as petty theft and truancy. A juvenile delinquency is when a minor commits a criminal offense against society. A minor/juvenile is considered to be under the age of eighteen. A status offense is an act or wrongful behavior of a child (under the age of 18 years old), although if the same behavior was committed by an adult it will not be considered a crime. Some status offenses include sexual behavior, running away, alcohol consumption, smoking, breaking curfew and truancy , etc. Before the modern era, in the Western world children and adults were treated as equals when it came to committing crimes and serving out punishments (Schmalleger, 2015). Today t he criminal justice system has a branch specifically for juvenile offenders. Established in the early twentieth century; it is the responsibility of this division to decide the fates of youthful offenders. There are numerous differences between the adult and juvenile court system. According to Department of Juvenile Services, t he main difference between juvenile courts and adult courts is that the juvenile court is civil in nature while adult courts are criminal. The juvenile justice
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