Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Four Kids, Four Crimes (Links to an external site.), which follows four cases and examines how and why two defendants were tried as juveniles and two were tried as adults. Determining whether to try a child in the juvenile or the criminal justice system will have an impact on every step of his or her experience. Although the exact laws and practices of the systems vary from state to state, broad underlying beliefs differentiate the two systems. While the juvenile system is often thought to be more lenient in its punishments, there are often stricter regulations throughout the process. In the juvenile system, a child may not have a right to a jury trial or bail. Juvenile records are not open to public access like adult criminal records and parole is very different between the two systems. When the child in question is treated by the justice system as a child, the courts act as more of a parent attempting to punish but also protect. Differences between juvenile and adult criminal justice systems exist at every step of the way. Choose one of the cases and answer the following questions:
Guided Response: Your initial post should be at least 350 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and at least one other scholarly resource. Please properly cite in the body of your work and at the end of your work your required references, using the UAGC Writing Center (Links to an external site.)’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) and Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resources for additional guidance. Please read several of your classmates’ initial posts and respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. Your peer responses should focus on the course concepts and be scholarly in nature.
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