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Running Head: INTERROGATION OF JUVENILES 1 Interrogation of Juveniles Student name Professor’s name Course name and number
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INTERROGATION OF JUVENILES 2 Introduction The juvenile justice system was at first created to make available personalized rehabilitation to young delinquents of minor and petty crimes such as shoplifting, truancy, malingering and vandalism. The main objective of the juvenile justice system was to serve the unsurpassed welfares of the youth, with an appreciation that adolescents possessed different needs from adults (Grisso & Schwartz, 2000). Today, juveniles and youth are increasingly being involved in more serious crimes such as murder, robbery with violence, kidnapping, rape and terrorism. As a result, many countries, developed and developing in an attempt to counter juvenile crimes have had propositions to interrogate and charge teens as adults. But despite the prevalence of juvenile crime, the question still remains, should teens be tried as adults? Nonetheless, an overwhelming majority of research studies indicate that the adult criminal justice system is under-equipped to fulfil the necessities of juvenile offenders at all phases of the process, including trial, sentencing options and incarceration (Brown, 2015). Juvenile justice systems of many countries across the world need to be balanced for accountability and to protect the interest of the public safety. Proponents and opponents of the juvenile justice should strive meet at the middle since some factors such as gender and age, which determines maturity must be considered. Recent research indicates that the adolescent brain reaches full development at about the age of 25. The immature, impulsive and emotional nature of the adolescent brain makes juveniles more susceptible to delinquent and criminal acts. At this juncture, a significant question, ‘to what extent should the crimes committed by teens be considered minor? ’ arises (Brown, 2015).
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INTERROGATION OF JUVENILES 3 Historical Issues of Juvenile Justice System The history of the Juvenile Justice System dates back to the 17 th century in the United
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