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JUVENILES IN ADULT COURTS Juvenile offenders should be held accountable for their actions as should any criminal Depending on the severity of a crime they should face the same punishment for the same crime as if committed by an adult The question remains should they be considered equals to these adult offenders in the eyes of the court These juvenile offenders are charged with crimes and tried in a court with adults in a place that was built and molded for adults Is this a fair strategy to help society and deal with these juvenile offenders or is it just putting additional strain on an already complicated issue Since the turn of the century when juvenile courts were put in effect there have been instances where juveniles have been tried as adults These states used this method to deal with the worst of the juvenile cases while the juvenile court was still reserved for the remainder Gradually the other states began to also use this method of transferring juveniles into adult courts If their crime was too heinous or the juvenile courts could not handle them they were transferred During recent years an increasing number of juvenile offenders have been transferred out of the juvenile and into the adult courts By the 1990s every state had some kind of method for moving these young offenders The line between the two courts has always been a penetrable one but when and how it should be crossed is under debate Do these moves or transfers actually work to help the problem or is it a way not to help our most troubled youth Although these types of cases have usually been transferred on a cases by case basis in recent years there has been an increase in laws in which entire classes of young offenders are moved into the adult courts Many states have these types of laws that automatically transfer certain types of offenses
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