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Juvenile Justice System Juvenile Justice System Anyone under the age of 18 (less in some states) is a juvenile . Young people who commit crimes are called juvenile delinquents . Up to the late 1800’s, all children were treated as adults. Some children are still treated as adults Repeat offenders Committed a serious crime Factors contributing to juvenile delinquency: Abused Neglected Suffer emotional/mental problems Grow up in poverty From overcrowded, rundown neighborhoods From places where alcohol and drugs are prominent Juvenile courts are separate from others Primary goal is to rehabilitate : Correct a person’s behavior Cases begin with an arrest or a petition Handle two types of cases:
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  • Spring '12
  • Alexander
  • Youth detention center

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