Juvenile Justice and Death Penalty

Juvenile Justice and the issue on Death Penalty have gone a long way in the justice system. The issues about delinquent behaviors have gone as far as the justice system is concern. Its is better to understand more about what Juvenile delinquency is since this is the main problem in the Juvenile Justice system. Countries all over the world try to develop methods and policies to resolve the issue immediately. There are many cases of Juvenile Delinquency that wanted to be settled by means of Corporal Punishment or Death Penalty. It is a growing issue in the justice system since there are organizations who wanted to oppose the said procedure.

It is a really complicated issue since there are countries around the world that accepted Death Penalty for Juvenile Offenders. On the other hand there are people and organizations who oppose Death Penalty. The foundation of Amnesty International suggests that there is no need for such policy to take effect since young offenders are still capable for regaining themselves for what they did. The said organization does not only fight for the right to live of young offenders but all criminals who are plead guilty of their crimes. The said organization wanted total abolishment of death penalty to pave way for human rights everywhere.

There are appeals made to counter death penalty and shift on other ways to solve the problem in the Juvenile Justice System. There are also supporting and opposing arguments about the imposition of death penalty in the juvenile justice system. Juvenile Delinquency The term juvenile delinquency is known legally as the behavior of adolescents who committed crimes and has been judged under the criminal law (Juvenile, 2007). During the stage of adolescence, individual whose age falls from 12-21 are more prone of committing unwanted behavior.

These are caused by the environment and the people they interact with. There are violations made that goes against social norms and legal policies. There are common cases of Juvenile Delinquency which involves theft. robbery, rape and group related crimes. This stage of life makes individual to find their sense of belongingness which often misleads them to be involved in illegal group activities. Such curiosity of doing and exploring new things often lead them to doing prohibited activities under the law. Juvenile offenders had committed crime because of aggressive behavior and impulsiveness.

Not thinking of the consequences makes them do such things that should be addressed properly by the juvenile justice system because they can carry over the said behavior until adulthood. It is of great importance to develop a system that will put an end and give lessons to juvenile offender for their delinquent behavior. The Juvenile Justice System The first juvenile justice system in the United States began in the late 1800s. Known as the Age of Enlightenment, it was made to counter the increasing problem among delinquent youths (Age of Enlightenment, 2006).

Right after the goal of juvenile justice system was introduced, it experienced reformations along the way. Other countries around the globe also made their sets of juvenile justice system to give proper disciplinary measures to youth offenders. It was made in accordance to the governing laws of the country. There are series of juvenile justice system being implemented and some countries adhere to the way how adult criminals are being punished. There are similarities and differences made between the Juvenile and Adult justice system.

Juvenile Justice System has lighter sets of provisions and penalties. The punishment is based upon court procedures and the kind of crime committed. There are cases of juvenile probation where offenders undergo rehabilitation to fully recover from doing illegal activities. The main concern of the juvenile justice system is to “to hold juvenile offenders accountable for delinquent acts while providing treatment, rehabilitative services, and programs designed to prevent future involvement in law-violating behavior” (Wilson, 2000).

But then the reformations made in the juvenile justice system made way for some countries to adhere to the revised death penalty code during the late 20th century. Since increased in violent crimes occurred, the juvenile justice system opt for more serious punishments like imposing corporal punishment and lifetime imprisonment. Intense policies and punishment were made for juvenile offenders who are 18 years of age (Wilson, 2000).