Juvenile JusticeWhat is it? Well the first part of the name gives way to part of the meaning. Juvenile justice is the area of our judicial system thats responsible for prosecuting those that are under the age of 18 years old. This system was put in place over 30 years ago.
Since then things has changed and the crimes that juveniles are committing are becoming more heinous. Although there are many minors who commit misdemeanors, there are some whose crimes get the attention and sentencing of an adult.
The juvenile justice codes of each state governs the juvenile law. The primary goal of the juvenile justice system is to rehabilitate the juveniles not to punish them.
One of the problems with juvenile justice is once the minor commits what is called an adult crime, they no longer fall under the juvenile law. This creates an even larger problem, because most of the kids that create those crimes are either under the influence of drugs, involved in gang activity, or comes from a broken home.
So what is the solution to the juvenile justice problem? This issue is high priority in every state within our Country. However, the Federal Juvenile Delinquency Act has set rules by which each state must comply with in regards to juvenile court procedures and punishments.
The great news about the Juvenile Delinquency act is that it also assist states and local communities with funding. In addition to setting standards to be used in providing community based preventative services to youths that are predisposed to becoming a juvenile delinquent, most critically, the funding is used for job training and technical assistance.
Of course one of the most effective keys to control our youth, as we all know, is prevention, which is where our local community support comes into play.
If you have a minor that you have lost control of, you are not the only one. There are so many more influences in our society today that wasnt there 20 years ago. Dont hesitate to contact a professional that can help you to first understand and gain back control. Education is the key;