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Rita Kramer's Juvenile Justice Is Delinquent

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Rita Kramer's " Juvenile Justice Is Delinquent," a very well written argument,

explains how juvenile delinquents have changed, and are getting away now with almost

everything they do without a severe punishment. Kramer writes clearly to make the reader

understand her essay. Kramer writes that the Juvenile system is very similar to New

York's Family Court. The New York Family Court was originally sought to protect

children who were getting in trouble with the law that still considered them infants,

because of their young age. What Kramer is saying is that a teenager that is a criminal

would not be tried or treated as an adult because of the teenagers young age.

Rita states that the present juvenile court system actually encourages the young

delinquent to continue criminal behavior by showing them that they can get away with a

crime. The juvenile court system is very similar to the New York Family Court system

which was made to protect children who are usually under the age of 18 who kept on

running into trouble with law. It was designed to function as helping parents of juveniles.

By protecting those kids who were younger from the age of 18 juveniles always used the

system as a game and said, " I ain't sixteen yet," they cannot

do anything to me. If the

government then protects them and the juveniles get no punishment, that means that the

government is giving them a second chance repeating crimes.

In the 1950's juvenile delinquents who were caught doing something illegal were not

treated like an adult, because that delinquent was "not criminally responsible... by reason

of infancy." A hearing though would be held but in private to protect the child's identity.

But in the 1960's the juvenile court system changed and it gave juveniles who were called

"respondents" instead criminals, the rights to have a lawyer represent them. On top of that


it also gives protection like the criminal court system gives adults who are responsible to

serious penalties if guilty. In paragraph six of Rita's essay she says that the current juvenile

system has made it the defendant's lawyers job to protect the young client from any

possibility of rehabilitation. That means that the courts now are also protecting rights of

juveniles, which makes it even more impossible for prosecuters to convict the defendant.

This then offers the child to get away with no punishment and now thinks that he/she have

the right to keep on acting in a misbehaving or unlawful way which had brought him or

her into juvenile court, knowing that there was no big consequence that would happen to

them. If there was any consequences it would be something small like being put in a

facility that contains a TV, basketball courts, probably better food and medical service

than what was provided at home. If the courts send juveniles to facilities like these,

juveniles would keep doing crimes to stay in these facilities. If juveniles have a better life

at the facilities than what they have at home, who wouldn't want to go to these

facilities.That is where the court is wrong because the court bases the judgment on the

persons age not on their crimes, and that does not help the juvenile to be disciplined.

In the early 70's



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