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Justice System Position PaperThe juvenile justice system of the United States should focus on rehabilitation versus punishment. The quandary of how to effectively deal with juvenile offenders has inundated the United States ever since the initiation of the criminal justice system. Both punishment and rehabilitation of juveniles have been two issues that are in the hands of the government. There are risks and benefits with rehabilitation and with punishment of juveniles, however rehabilitation is the form that seems more promising for the United States and its' citizens, including the offender.The United States juvenile justice system should focus more on rehabilitation in every case involving juvenile offenders. There is no federal juvenile court division (U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, 1997). The maximum age at which a juvenile is considered maximum to enter the juvenile system varies by state. In New York, Connecticut and North Carolina the Maximum age for a juvenile is 15. There are 32 states in America that see the age of 18 as the maximum age a juvenile can be considered to appear in juvenile system, while the remaining 8 states feel that age 16 is the maximum age that a juvenile can appear in the juvenile system. While looking at the youngest age a juvenile is entered into the justice system, it appears that the age of 7 is the youngest being that any age before that is measured as not being mentally developed (Champion, 1998). To sum this

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