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1 Reactions to Juvenile Cases Juvenile crime and juvenile delinquents are not new phenomena in modern society. Juvenile criminal delinquents have always existed for as long as the criminal justice system has been in existence. For reasons that are yet to be determined, juvenile criminals or delinquents have significantly increased over the past few years. But with the ever- changing criminal laws over time, as well as the changing times, the way these juvenile crimes are treated has also changed. It only takes a court's decision on one juvenile case to make society raise questions about the effectiveness or relevance of the criminal justice system and demand for changes in the current laws, especially the ones pertaining to juvenile cases. One of the major juvenile cases occurred on August 16, 2013, when Chancey Luna and a few friends loaded into a car and went for a ride. The kids claimed they were bored, and out of this boredom, they decided to shoot and kill a man who they noticed was jogging down the street. The man that Luna shot and killed was 22-year-old Christopher Lane. He was a student from a nearby college; Lane was originally from Australia and was going to the college on a baseball scholarship. Almost immediately, the teenagers were caught, arrested, and 16-year-old Chancey Luna charged with first-degree murder. Because of their ages and state law, they could face the death penalty; however, he was facing life without parole. Luna faced a jury and was convicted and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for his role in the shooting death of Christopher Lane (Mitchell, 2015).
2 One of the criminal justice theories that can explain Luna's behavior is the subculture theory. This entails juveniles seeking validation from another subculture, which consists of other juveniles after failing to meet social standards. Luna's family was laden
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