MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/24/2012 ( 17 moms have responded )
Juvenile justice is the area of criminal law applicable to persons not old enough to be held responsible for criminal acts. In most states in the US, the age for criminal culpability is set at 18 years. In England the age of criminal responsibility is 10 years old, Other countries have ages of criminal responsibility between these extremes, for example, Turkey (14), Romania (12), Greece (12), Spain (15); Belgium and Luxembourg also both set it at 18.
The key issues in this debate are whether we should punish juveniles more in line with adult punishment, or whether there should be special treatment for them.
In my opinion the Canadian young offenders act is ridiculous, though, I do not believe they should be sent to prison. I do however believe in rehab, a firmer one then what is given now.
Juvenile deliquent centres in Canada, are a joke. I have visited a few, several times (I was never an offender, had friends that were), and it was ridiculous! Seriously. They were all still doing drugs, smoking, watching T.V and enjoying themselves.
I think most stems at home. These children's parents should have recourse too. They should be made to attend parenting classes and seek family counselling.
What are your thoughts? Is this an area that is lacking where you live or is it right where it should be? Should young offenders be sent to more viguros rehab or be sentenced the same as an adult and spend time in a prison? What is the law where you live and does it seem to work?