Juvenile Justice Course- Discussion Post Replies

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Noah- In regard to chapter 13, it was interesting to read about Cleo’s story in the beginning. The moment I read that “for a while their parents refused to speak to them” (325), I knew it was a recipe for disaster and that things would only get tougher for them. The next place one would probably look for support and being welcomed if not at home is school, friends, and teachers. But of course, this is not the case for many people like Cleo. It is a very sad situation when you do not feel welcomed at school or even at home. Cleo’s parents were the start of everything, and they should look to themselves when wondering why their child started acting out and ending up in juvenile court. In terms of the Robert Gladden story and his “attempted first-degree murder” (330) charge, I feel it could be argued both ways for why he should or should not be charged as an adult. It could be argued that 15 is undoubtedly old enough to comprehend that shooting innocent people is wrong. But also, that he is still young enough to be rehabilitated. It could be dangerous though on letting him rehabilitate because if he is let out into public the public afterwards, he may try to commit the same crime. It is a slippery slope to deal with. Although Gladden’s attorney suggested that “Gladden did not intend to fire his weapon and only shot when he was tackled by a school guidance counselor” (330), why was he even bringing such a deadly weapon to school anyways? There are plenty of other scenarios where he could have accidently fired it. Very bad decision by him and now it will affect him for the rest of his life.  I think the idea of teen courts is a very interesting one as well. Having your peers being the one deciding what happens to you is not a form of punishment I would have thought of.

Question: What are your thoughts on teen/youth courts?

Rochelle- One of the sections this week that stood out to me was the reentry into society. “While the system holds a philosophy of treatment and rehabilitation, very little emphasis is placed on helping these juveniles once their sentences are over (Swan & Bates, 2018).” Some juveniles facing reentry are behind in school, from broken and violent homes. They went in as juveniles but leave as “adults”. Without a proper support system to fall back on it’s no wonder recidivism is high. Many have not received a high school diploma or GED which would make it significantly harder to obtain a job. Harder yet with having to deal with an incarceration record, depending on if it’s sealed or not. Just like the 5 men in the study eso eager to start their new life, facing “hard time changing the trajectories of their lives. Equipped with few resources, they face enormous challenges and the highest stakes of their young lives (Swan & Bates, 2018).” Reading how excited they had been to be released was exciting! Then reading how Alex was fighting with his girlfriend and turned down for low-skill jobs made him feel more at peace when he was incarcerated quite frankly hurt my heart to read. Then turning the page seeing how unbalanced the residential placements are by race and by the state is head spinning. How in the world can someone look at any juvenile, who has the discretion, then not treat them the same? I’ll answer my own question, funding! Maybe not with discretion on taking a juvenile home to their guardian or juvenile detention, but the programs they are offered to help prevent entering the juvenile justice system come down to funding. When it comes down to juveniles in prisons, I’m in the middle. Some violent juvenile offenders should be incarcerated. Just recently a juvenile Aiden Fucci (14) killed Tristyn Bailey (13) in Florida. He will be tried as an adult. While Fucci potentially (trial will be next year) stabbed Bailey 114 times, at 14 he probably should not be housed in the adult population. In my opinion, unless it is a violent crime, or potentially harmful to themselves or others, juveniles should not be housed in a jail-type setting. Do you think juveniles that are tried as adults should be kept in adult prisons or juvenile prisons?

Thaylson- after I did the readings this week I have to say the opinion I have on juvenile corrections was for sure impacted. to start off I don’t think juveniles should be put into detention centers for minor crimes they commit. I think they should only be sent for really extreme crimes or circumstances. if this was the case more often then I feel like the number of juveniles in the the system would be and should be way lower then what it actually is. I also feel like if that number was lower then the staff at these facilities would be able to help a lot more juveniles and focus on the ones that need the most help towards rehab. another good thing of a lower number on juveniles in the system means less fights and problems between them because they we all be watch way more because theirs less of them. then when we talk about the private system I honestly think they shouldn’t be a thing. why because we all know they cut corners when it comes to running it the right way and that leads to safety problems not only to the juveniles but also the staff. and not to mention they make money off of people being in there so they are looking to in my opinion confine more people in these private systems. another big problem is corruption from the bosses that run these private facilities. like how in Pennsylvania I believe 2008 there was a kids for cash thing going on were they had so many juveniles in the system for minor offenses and things that shouldn’t have ended them up in there but because they make money per kid in there, it was already decided that they were most likely going. my question for everyone is how do you think juvenile delinquency crimes should be handled? and how do you feel about how juvenile correctional facilities are operated?

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