Is Juvenile The Right Way To Go? | The Injustice of Juvenile

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Minors go the juvie; adults to prison. Minors aren’t prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law; adults are. Minors get let off the hook more easily than adults. Minors are educated; adults are imprisoned. That is how the justice system works, and I find it troubling. Why should the punishment be different towards different people for the same crime? It’s somewhat like racism if you ask me. Persecuting different people differently for the same thing. It’s kind of like how black men are treated in (some of) America.

Is 18 The Proper Age To Move Over To Juvie?

Is it, perhaps, too early? Or is it too late? What I’m about to say may strike a nerve with some, or a chord with others. Either way, stick with me till the end, however controversial you find it to be – please.

My thinking is that juvie doesn’t really have a proper, substantial reason to exist. The main concept is that it isn’t safe for children in normal prisons. It affects the brain of young people adversely. So really, it’s a protectionist measure for criminals. While that may sound terribly prejudiced, I do agree that it helps in some cases (examples are at the end of the post).

To fully understand how juvie works, lets look at the factors taken into consideration during an underage case. According to nolo.com, they are:

factors for juvie

So this backs up my claim of juvie being discriminatory. The offender’s gender is taken into account. And the article even says that boys are more likely to be charged than girls!

Juvenile and racism aren’t so different!

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But all that set aside, even if there were no absurd factors, juvenile still doesn’t make any sense!

Why should someone, purely because of their age, be given a less severe punishment?! It just makes no sense. When the offender committed the crime, they would have been fully aware of the consequences of being caught. Yet, they will face less severe charges.

In fact, they may not even face charges at all. Nolo.com says that the police officer who catches the criminal, may chose to employ the “counseled and released method”, whereby the police officer simply gives the minor a warning and let’s them off the hook.

In my mind, minors are just as guilty as adults, and thankfully, the court thinks so too – in some cases only though 😦


Juvenile Prison Cases

Shawn – The Court Being Too Lenient

Shawn was convicted of stabbing his own father repeatedly. He plead for pardon in front of a juvenile court to avoid facing adult charges. His request was finally granted and he was sent off to juvie.

Had an adult done the same crime, they would have almost definitely been sentenced to a few years in jail.

José – How Juvie Can Help

José’s case is the one I referred to in the beginning of the post. He took part in a violent gang fight, and ended up killing a man, and gravely injuring another. He was sent off to juvie (should have been sent to prison, if you ask me. A life sentence – no less!) where he positively turned his life around.

Manny – An Ideal Case

Manny was one of the members of a gang who assaulted an entire family. He used guns, and ended up killing a pregnant lady too. Thankfully, Manny was tried in adult court and sent prison for nine years.



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16 thoughts on “Is Juvenile The Right Way To Go? | The Injustice of Juvenile

    kheprisilvanis said:
    March 19, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    I have to entirely disagree with this piece. If age is irrelevant, isn’t it just as fair to say I should receive a spanking for wrong doing, because children and adults are equal? That’s a little goofy, I know, but the difference between a toddler and an adult is developmentally obvious. Children are still learning. The thing is, a teenager IS a child. I think you’re giving the kids too much credit.
    I have changed in my thinking, my attitude and my perception Immensely since I was 18. The way I respond to situations and how I behave is governed by entirely different principles. This is because I am no longer a child. If I had been expected, as a teenager, to perform with the knowledge I have Now, my life would have come crashing into many a wall and the position I now find myself in would never have been possible.
    There are two other things I think deserve more consideration. 1) It IS entirely inappropriate to house children and adults together in any public facility, ESPECIALLY one whose population is known to operate on sub par judgement. Again, completely different levels of mental operation are happening in these two age groups. At best, putting children in full on prison will give them whole new criminal outlooks and leave them in even more bleak situations. The weak won’t be as likely to be “scared straight,” as they will be to get eaten alive. 2) Circumstance. Especially gang crimes. In certain settings this is what a kid has to do to survive. Juvie might actually give them a way out in the end, while prison just adds to the statistics and churns out one more hopeless case. Juvie offers a chance at rehabilitation. Prison marks you as a certain kind of person, lowering your ceiling for life after release. These are kids who need direction, and often never had any, not adults who had a chance and blew it. Take Manny for instance. You see “patricide” and shudder. I see a crime of passion enacted by a child who made a hole in his own life by removing someone most of us need dearly. What did his father do to deserve such a fate? The answer is rarely in the deceased’s favor in these cases.
    Chalk this one up as the wordiest reply ever. Thanks for getting the gears churning! A good topic for discussion!

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      Ajinkya Goyal responded:
      March 19, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      Well, I am always open to new perspectives and yours does make a lot of sense. I have to agree with you on point number one entirely. With this in mind, I may write a follow up post (will decide on that later though. I’ve got one or two others lined up before it).
      Thanks for the beefy reply!

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      Ajinkya Goyal responded:
      March 19, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      That and they may be fuelled with hatred and out for revenge once they are let out and that could lead to more crime.

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        kheprisilvanis said:
        March 19, 2017 at 10:55 pm

        Yes! Remember where I’m from? This is something I’ve seen too much. The whole private prison angle is worth checking out too. It underlies the whole issue in the U.S. Where do you live? I entirely neglected to consider this topic may not even be the same thing country to country!

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        Ajinkya Goyal responded:
        March 19, 2017 at 10:58 pm

        My next post is about private prisons so be sure to check that one out 😉
        I live in India, so yes, quite different

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    logicaldreamer said:
    March 20, 2017 at 6:12 am

    I do think juvie is appropriate. It’s not perfect, but throwing children in an adult jail would probably either destroy them or raise them up as even more terrifying criminals. And age definitely makes a difference in terms of decision making. How many children consider the full impact of everything they do as a kid? Like throwing a temper tantrum because they want that new toy right now.

    That said, the prison as a whole is a very difficult system. People are sent there to be punished for their crimes, but it is also a place where we try and educate and rehabilitate them so they can learn their lesson and return to society without committing crimes again. The system is trying to do everything at once, with mixed results.

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      Ajinkya Goyal responded:
      March 20, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Yes, I agree. If the system adopted a streamlined focus, it would do so much better and the outcomes would be a lot more desirable.
      If thrown in prison, the offender could be out for revenge against the system and society when they’re finally released too. That would lead to even more crimes.

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    nattydread2009 said:
    March 20, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Well Ajinkya, your spoon certainly stirred up the pot! Like lots of things in life, IMHO the answer, unfortunately, is, “It depends”.

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      Ajinkya Goyal responded:
      March 20, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Yep, it sure is. There’s always exceptions to every rule.
      Glad you liked the post!

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    discoverlearnprogress said:
    March 26, 2017 at 11:28 pm

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      Ajinkya Goyal responded:
      March 27, 2017 at 8:01 am

      Glad you liked it 😊
      I’ll check out your blog soon for sure

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