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Kids on Death Row The Juvenile Justice System consists of a more or less integrated network of agencies institutions organizations and personnel that process juvenile offenders This network is made up of how enforcement agencies prosecutors and courts corrections probation and parole services and public and private community-based treatment programs that provide youth with diverse services This definition is qualified by the phrase more or less integrated because the concept of juvenile justice has different meanings for individual states and the federal government Also in some jurisdictions the diverse components are at best loosely coordinated if they are coordinated at all Many criminologists and criminal justice professionals express a preference for process rather than system when they refer to juvenile justice This is because system components Furthermore system implies coordination and coordination annoy juvenile agencies organizations and personnel in the juvenile justice system are often inadequate or nonexistent Children who are physically psychologically or sexually abused by parents or other adults in their homes are brought within the scope of juvenile court authority In law juveniles are referred to as infants A legal definition of a juvenile delinquent is any infant of indecent or immoral conduct and is in need of treatment rehabilitation or supervision Applied to juvenile matters parens patriae means that the sovereign is in charge of makes decisions about or has responsibility for all matters involving juvenile conduct The underlying thesis of parens patriae was that the parents are merely the agents of society in the area of childbearing and that the state has a primary and legitimate interest in the upbringing of its children Some of these measures included placement of children in foster homes or their assignment to various work tasks for local merchants Sometimes it makes sense to use the death penalty and sometimes it doesnt make sense to use the death penalty Accordingly the torturer should be tortured exactly to the security that he tortured the victim the
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