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Juvenile Justice is Delinquent By Rita Kramer Juvenile Justice is Delinquent written by Rita Kramer is an excellent example of how more and more violent crimes are committed by youthful offenders usually under the age of seventeen Kramer has given several examples of how children can commit crimes such as rape murder and robbery yet they get away with a light punishment or nothing at all In the 1950s a juvenile delinquent rarely committed violent crimes they were usually misdemeanors In an effort to rehabilitate youthful offenders the New York Statue was born it was created to help the youthful offender by rehabilitating them It was thought that if a youthful offender were rehabilitated by a reduced sentence or with guidance from a social worker he would become a responsible and caring adult The court systems seal a youthful offenders record in the belief that he would not be stigmatized in his adult life for his immature behavior In the early 1960s people where beginning to realize that the dreams of the 1950s had not materialized Instead of a fine-tuned system lawyers offenders and some judges were misusing the system Under the New York Statue children under the age of seventeen where not held criminally responsibly for their actions If the crime was a misdemeanor they were usually released however if it was a felony the offender was generally given a short term sentence in a youth facility that contains a television basketball court medical attention and three square meals a day Children were provided with lawyers from legal aid who focused on getting them off on a technicality therefore the children were not rehabilitated Cases on violence had increased by 1991 Children began caring weapons and hanging out with gangs In 1991 85 of youthful offenders were charged with felonies Kramers statement they think of the system as a game they can win is a sad
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