During the course of processing a youthful offender

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During the course of processing a youthful offender, under what circumstances, if any, should the juvenile justice system abandon rehabilitation and focus on punishment? I strongly believe that the juvenile justice system should abandon rehabilitation and focus on punishing a youthful offender if he/she has failed past rehabilitation efforts. Also, the juvenile justice system should carefully observe if the offender is a repeat offender. This is usually documented as part of the offender’s criminal history. What criteria should be used when deciding whether to focus primarily on punishment? Explain. When deciding whether to focus primarily on punishment, the juvenile justice system should consider two things: the juvenile and the crime or delinquency. The judge should impose cruel punishment if the juvenile is a serious offender. Furthermore, a juvenile deserves to be punished if he/she is a habitual delinquent and also if he or she has committed a heinous crime. For instance, a 16-year old Sierra Niehaus was sentenced by a Kansas judge to sixteen years in prison for stabbing her 13-year old sister, Galazia Niehaus to death (Associated Newspapers, 2016). Sources: Associated Press. (2016, May 31). Girl, 16, is jailed for 16 years for stabbing her younger sister to death after her parents asked the judge for ‘mercy and leniency’ . Retrieved from
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