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AbstractIncreasing amount of juveniles enters the justice system each year It is estimated that 250000 juveniles receive a form of adult punishment annually Juvenile Law Center 2013 This article will explore the ethical dilemmas of prosecuting juveniles as adults It explores the reports from research articles involving juveniles in the justice system In this article a juvenile will be determined as any person who is under the age of eight-teen A juvenile delinquent is identified as any person under eight-teen who is responsible for a serious crime or crimes The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention OJJDP and the American Civil Liberties Union ACLU will report juvenile criminal statisticEthical Dilemmas in Criminal Justice Prosecuting Juveniles as AdultsThere are many ethical dilemmas within the criminal justice system Ethics refers to philosophical concepts and the norms conducted by the majority in society Koocher Keith-Spiegel 1990 p 4 Yes juveniles are committing crimes at younger and younger ages as years pass but should we as a nation punish a 10-year-old boy as an adult Can the mental capacity of a 10 year old compare to that of an 18 year old Kids are still maturing and developing rapidly with social networks and technology evolving right before their eyes yet kids cannot legally drive smoke open a bank account join the military drink marry run for president or sit on juries American Civil Liberties Union nd Nonetheless in the criminal justice system they are often treated and sentenced as an adult In the late 20th century juvenile crime has risen and spread like an epidemic nearly every day there are reports of a crime committed by a juvenile 10 years or older Brookins Hirsch 2002 p 252 This paper will expose the ethical dilemmas with prosecuting juveniles as adults Every state is capable of prosecuting a juvenile delinquent as an adult The age in which adult punishment is permissible differs from state to
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