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NCJ Number: 119889 Find in a Library
Title: Once an Adult, Always an Adult
Journal: Update on Law-Related Education  Volume:7  Issue:2  Dated:(Fall 1983)  Pages:2-5,45
Author(s): R Clayman
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 4
Grant Number: 79-JN-AX-0006
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Throughout history, children were considered a form of property and were dealt with harshly for even minor offenses.
Abstract: Until 1967, the Supreme Court gave approval to the States' attitudes toward juveniles by avoiding the issue of juvenile's constitutional rights. Several cases, Gault, Kent v. U.S. (1966), in re Winship (1970), and McKeiver v. Pennsylvania (1970) opened State juvenile court proceedings to many of the same due process protection afforded adult defendants. Ironically, as the legal system has moved to accord youth their due process rights, the distinctions between juveniles and adults have become blurred, and many of the protections built into the juvenile system are being ignored or contested. This article looks into recent Supreme Court decisions and shows the Court grappling with questions that have arisen regarding children who commit adult crimes.
Main Term(s): Juvenile due process
Index Term(s): Juvenile codes; Juvenile courts; US Supreme Court decisions
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