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 criminal records and parole
is very different between the two systems. When the child in question is
considered 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. In the website Four Kids, Four Crimes,
follow four cases and examine how and why two defendants were tried as
juveniles and two were tried as adults. After reading all four case
stories, answer the following questions:
Would you try Christian Fernandez, from the beginning of Chapter 5 of your text, in adult court or juvenile court?
What criteria did you use in making your decision?
How did you apply those criteria to the case of Christian Fernandez?
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your
claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other
scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.