Juvenile Justice System

Ashlie Roberts, Hannah Muse, and Kennedy Schweers

Main ideas

  • In 1999, approximately one in six arrest involved a Juvenile- a child or young person under the age set by law (usually 18 years) at which a person can be charged as an adult for a criminal act.
  • When a youth is arrested for a crime, the police have the authority to decide what to do next. Police may return the offender to his or her parents or they may hold the offender in detention or juvenile hall.
  • Juveniles do not have the right to a trail by jury
  • With the advice of social workers and Psychological, the judge decides the sentence for a delinquent

Important Words

  • Delinquents- having failed to do what the law requires , according to a judicial ruling.
  • Juvenile- individual who is under an age set by law ( usually 18 years ) at which he or she can be charged as an adult for a criminal act.
  • Rehabilitate- restore to a useful life , usually through treatment an education.
  • Restitution- act of making up in some way for the harm caused by the accused person.