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NCJ Number: 50137 Find in a Library
Title: MORAL QUESTIONS IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM (FROM JUVENILE JUSTICE - THE HUMAN DIMENSION - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROCEEDINGS, 1978, BY LADY BROWN AND JUNE BERRY - SEE NCJ-50131)
Author(s): D O NATHAN
Corporate Author: Junior League of Lubbock, Inc
United States of America

Texas Cmtte for the Humanities and Public Policy
United States of America

National Endowment for the Humanities
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Junior League of Lubbock, Inc
Lubbock, TX 79412
National Endowment for the Humanities

Texas Cmtte for the Humanities and Public Policy
TX
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: MORAL QUESTIONS INVOLVING JUVENILE JUSTICE ARE PRESENTED INCLUDING ISSUES OF RESPONSIBILITY ON THE PART OF THE OFFENDER, THE RIGHT TO PUNISHMENT, AND THE JUSTIFICATION OF A SEPARATE SYSTEM FOR JUVENILES.
Abstract: THE ISSUE OF JUVENILE RESPONSIBILITY AND GUILT IS DISCUSSED IN RELATION TO THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM WHICH IS BUILT ON THE CONCEPT THAT MINORS CANNOT BE HELD MORALLY CULPABLE FOR CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR. THIS CONCEPT HAS RESULTED IN THE EMPHASIS ON TREATMENT FOR MINOR OFFENDERS RATHER THAN PUNISHMENT. SINCE TREATMENT CAN TAKE LONGER THAN AN ADULT SENTENCE AND INVOLVES AN ATTEMPT TO MOLD THE BEHAVIOR OF THE CHILD INTO THAT WHICH IS SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE, IT IS QUESTIONABLE WHETHER TREATMENT AS OPPOSED TO PUNISHMENT IS A FAIR PENALTY FOR JUVENILE OFFENDERS. A JUVENILE'S RIGHTS MUST BE CONSIDERED AND BALANCED AGAINST THE NEED TO PROTECT SOCIETY. THE EXISTENCE OF STATUS OFFENSES SHOULD BE EVALUATED ALSO IN RELATION TO THE JUVENILE'S RIGHT TO FREEDOM AND SELF-DETERMINATION. (DAG)
Index Term(s): Juvenile justice system; Juvenile status offenders; Punishment; Rights of minors; Treatment
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