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Table of Contents Introduction History Current Status Characteristics Reduction of Offenders Public Opinion Personal Thoughts Conclusion Introduction Juvenile Delinquency is an on going problem in the world today In fact since the beginning of time most juveniles have been unruly rambunctious and in need of supervision Those who coming from loving families with parents who care about the well being of the child have this supervision and care However there are many who do not have the luxury of the supervision They become delinquents For the most part most juvenile delinquency come in the form of status offenses However every once in a while a juvenile commits such a heinous act that a juvenile court cannot oversee it Through looking at its history the views of today the statistical information and the opinions of those involved we will explore what it means for a juvenile to be tried as an adult in Americas court system and weather there are implications because of it History In order to look at the current status of juvenile offenders in the court system especially those tried as adults it is necessary to see the progression from which Juvenile Justice originated Up until the early 19th century Juveniles were tried in the same courts as every other offender There was no distinction between criminals regardless of age The only thing society cared about what that a crime was committed and that they had in custody the person responsible Common law did state that children under the age of 7 were conclusively presumed immune from prosecution because they lacked moral responsibility Infancy Defense Children between the ages of 7 and 14 were presumed not to be criminally responsible and prosecutors had to prove that an individual juvenile was culpable Youth age 14 and older were deemed as responsible for criminal acts as adults Shepard 2 Children did
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