Justice System Position Paper
July 15, 2012
Justice System Position Paper
As adults, one of the best gifts we could ever receive is having a child. From conception, all parents want their children to be born healthy and with all their fingers and toes. As they grow older, we pry that everything we teach them is utilized to help them to become productive citizens. The last thing parents want is for their children to become juvenile delinquents. There is a saying that goes, “it takes a village to raise child”, which may be true, yet nobody wants to acknowledge or accept the fact their children is a delinquent, and do they want advice on ways to steer their child (ren) ...view middle of the document...
The juvenile justice system should adopt their focus on punishment because of the increase of juvenile crimes that are being committed on a daily basis. If the juvenile justice system primary focused was on punishment, there probably would be a decrease in the population in juvenile detention centers and youth prisons. I work in a juvenile prison. When I started there fourteen years ago, the administration’s goal and focus was mainly towards punishment. The admin, program, and medical staff felt safe coming out on the yard to go to the break room and eat their lunch. After administration changes, there was a concern about how things looked on paper and the focus changed from mostly punishment to rehabilitation. All female staff is being disrespected and the non-security staff is more fearful now than they were a few years ago. I think that the system’s current focus on rehabilitation have contributed to the crimes that are being committed by juveniles in our communities. There in an influx of repeat offenders now and I feel it is because without the threat of punishment you loose lack of respect for authority. I cannot speak on all juvenile prisons, but I have first hand knowledge of how it is at the one that I am employed. The juvenile justice system must accept the fact that there are some dangerous juvenile delinquents that cannot be changed solely through rehabilitation. These juveniles should receive a more harsh form of punishment so they can understand that they have an option to correct their behavior or go to prison.
If the juvenile justice system change their focus from rehabilitation to punishment, our communities would be a better place to live. Currently, juvenile delinquents are not afraid of the system because they know the severity of its punishment. I feel if the juvenile justice system adopted the use of stricter punishment, the juvenile delinquent rates would drop considerably. Law enforcement would have a much easier time with dealing with delinquents. There would be a decrease in juvenile delinquent criminal behaviors activities which would mean that the juvenile courts would change dramatically because there would be major changes in juvenile cases. Having juvenile being tired as adult based on the severity of the crimes could serve as a deterrence alone. I believe that if the courts finds that a juvenile did not suffer from any mental issues prior to and committing a crime then they should be tried as an adult, regardless of their age. For instance, if a 13 year old willingly commits crimes such as murder and rape then the court should not hesitate to try them as an adult. By doing this, delinquents see that the judicial system is nothing to continue to play around and it is taking a stand against juvenile crimes. This will give them two options; to get themselves together and stop their criminal acts or go to prison. Probation officers would not have a hard time getting them to comply with the rule and regulations...