Criminal Justice Policy Actors 1,250–1,750 words

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Our nation's focus on crime has made a gradual shift away from drugs to what many perceive to be the major problem facing our criminal justice system today: juvenile crime, especially violent crime. Terms such as "superpredator" have been used to describe a class of violent juvenile offenders who prey on society. Depending on the severity of the crime and the age of the juvenile, many states allow prosecutors the flexibility of transferring juveniles to the adult court system. Respond to the following questions, and support your positions using credible research:

Assignment Guidelines

  • Research 3 state- or federal-level court cases regarding the transfer of juveniles to the adult court system.
  • Address the following in 1,250–1,750 words:
    • For each case, briefly describe the details of the case and the court's decision.
      • Generally speaking, how do courts and their decisions impact criminal justice policy decisions? Explain.
      • How have your selected court cases (and similar cases) and their rulings impacted public policy decisions regarding juveniles in the criminal justice system? Explain in detail.
    • What significant challenges do correctional officials face in housing juveniles who have been tried and convicted as adults? Explain.
    • What selection criteria are used in making a determination as to whether to transfer a juvenile case to the criminal court? Explain.
    • Do you believe that waiver of 13- and 14-year-olds from juvenile to adult court, in general, is a good idea? Why or why not? Explain.
  • Be sure to reference all of your sources using APA style.

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School: Duke University



Criminal Justice Policy Actors-Juveniles tried as Adults
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Criminal justice policy actors
Juveniles tried as Adults

Today’s court system is segmented into two sections when making a comparison
between adults and juveniles. There is the Adult Criminal Justice System and the Juvenile Justice
System. The difference comes in the manner the two are tried. For an adult, he or she is
subjected to a bail hearing. However, when it's for juveniles, they go through a fact-finding
hearing for which there are no Verdicts since they are adjudicated. Besides, their records are
confidential and there is a framework for protecting the kids from carrying their delinquent
activity into adulthood unless under special circumstances. This has seen some kids as young as
14 years old being tried as adults are given a sentencing to adult prisons and it has led to
consequences. This paper will summarize some cases involving juveniles and the policy impacts
they have had on the justice system as well as the challenges facing correctional facilities.
A case example involved Denver Jarvis, Michael Bent both 15 and Mendez, 16 were
charged with attempted murder of Brewer after a video game deal gone sour. Brewer was to buy
a $40 video game from them but went back on his deal. They doused him with alcohol and set
him on fire. He suffered 60% burns but survived after being hospitalized for 3 months. The
court’s decision was to sentence the defendants for 8-10 years and some even 20 years on
probation (Collins, 2017).
Another case involved 15-year-old Seth Dorris who murdered Jonathan Bird, 28. Dorris
is said to have been fast driving around the residential area with his friends when Jonathan
shouted for them to slow down. They had a heated argument with Seth after which Seth
promised to return with an AK-47 but nobody took it seriously. Dorris actually came back with



five other teens and beat up Jonathan till he died of blunt fo...

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