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NCJ Number: 48836 Find in a Library
Title: SHOULD JUVENILE OFFENDERS BE PUNISHED? - TIME MAGAZINE V FORTUNE NEWS
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Greenhaven Press
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Sponsoring Agency: Correctional Service of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55404
General Learning Corporation
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Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
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Correctional Service of Minnesota
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Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
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United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PUNISHMENT AND TRAINING SCHOOLS ON JUVENILE OFFENDERS IS DISCUSSED IN THIS TAPED DEBATE OF EDITORIAL VIEWPOINTS FROM TIME MAGAZINE AND FORTUNE NEWS.
Abstract: ACCORDING TO TIME MAGAZINE, 10 PERCENT OF ALL JUVENILE OFFENDERS ARE INCORRIGIBLE OFFENDERS. THEY MUST BE CONSTRAINED UNTIL AGE MELLOWS THEM. WHEN A 16-YEAR-OLD IS TRIED FOR MURDER, HE SHOULD RECEIVE ADULT TREATMENT. THE JUVENILE CODE WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED TO KEEP MINOR OFFENSES OFF THE RECORDS OF JUVENILES. THESE LAWS MUST BE CHANGED, BECAUSE AN ADULT CRIME DESERVES AN ADULT PUNISHMENT. WHEN STIFFER SENTENCES FOR JUVENILES HAVE BEEN INSTITUTED, THE NUMBER OF TEENAGE HOMICIDES HAS DECLINED, AND THE NUMBER OF CASES IN COURT HAS DECLINED. YOUNG OFFENDERS MUST BE TRIED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BECAUSE A CHILD'S MEMORY FOR DETAIL IS VERY SHORT, AND THE FACTS BECOME DISTORTED VERY QUICKLY. WHEN A YOUTH HAS STOLEN THINGS, HE SHOULD MAKE RESTITUTION. HE SHOULD DO SOCIAL SERVICE WORK UNTIL HE EARNS ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY THE DAMAGES. THE VIEWPOINT OF FORTUNE NEWS IS THAT LEGISLATORS MUST NOT AVOID THE PROBLEM OF JUVENILE CRIME, AND LAWS MUST BE CHANGED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE CHILDREN. SOCIAL REVENGE DOES NOT CHANGE THE TRENDS IN STREET CRIME. JUVENILE VIOLENCE MUST BE STOPPED, BUT JUVENILES SHOULD NOT BE INSTITUTIONALIZED. THERE IS A DEFINITE NEED FOR RADICAL REFORM, IN WHICH THE NEEDS OF THE CHILDREN HAVE PRIORITY. (BAC)
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Juvenile adjudication; Juvenile treatment methods
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