(CJ303) Week 3 Assignment: Juveniles and the Death Penalty

(CJ303) Week 3 Assignment: Juveniles and the Death Penalty...

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(CJ303) Week 3 Assignment: Juveniles and the Death Penalty (G00068114) Stephanie von Normann Professor Yolanda Johnson The criminal justice system is one that has been significantly impacting communities in our country and around the world for centuries; the idea of juvenile justice, corrections, and rehabilitative methods did not surface initially until 1791 when the Bill of Rights was passed by the United States Congress. As we might imagine, the juvenile justice system and the comprehensive criminal justice system has undergone several changes throughout the course of history as we learn to adapt and re-evaluate methods of punishment based on the evolving
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methods of criminal activities; the same is true for juvenile justices and the methods in which jurisdictional powers determine if the punishment fits the crime. The issue of juveniles committing murder and other types of heinous crimes has, in recent decades, surfaced in the criminal justice professions as a problem of which needs to be solved without violating the juveniles rights in respect to due process, and appropriate sentencing; for an adult that commits murder or a series of murders, there is a good chance, depending on the state in which the crimes occurred, that there will be a push for the death penalty. However, when it comes to juvenile offenders, this type of punishment is not as easily accepted, and nor should it be for a myriad of reasons. “Currently, juvenile courts are largely
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