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This is normally motivated by peer pressure whereby the deviant teenagers lure their friends to commit crimes in the name of having thrilling fun in their neighborhoods. Most American kids get away with the crimes they commit since the people in the community seldom take the matters to court but those who are not lucky enough to be forgiven face trials and they are given various sentences by the courts.
Delinquent juveniles may be incarcerated by the court as punishment, depending on the gravity of their actions. This normally happens when the crime committed by the juvenile could attract a heavy sentencing penalty if he or she was an adult. Repeat juvenile offenders also attract incarceration sentences. Juvenile offenders may be sent to juvenile correction facilities and later transferred to state prisons if they fail to reform as required of them. This paper will discuss prison sentencing reform for juveniles in the U.S. and its effectiveness. Prison sentencing of juveniles has more negative effects on the lives of the offenders and it should be discouraged.
Recent developments in the American Justice System allowed the courts to sentence juveniles to life imprisonment without parole. The controversial issue has attracted heated debates in the American society and some people have petitioned the Supreme Court to overrule the policy. It is, however, a very good way of safeguarding the American society since the maximum sentencing is only done on juvenile offenders whose crimes could attract capital punishment or life imprisonment if they were adults. Some of these crimes include murder and rape among other serious crimes. The sentencing has been devised in order to keep the dangerous juvenile criminals away from the society. It is believed that the life imprisonment is a viable reform method for the deviant kids. Most of them are reformed within the first 10 years of imprisonment
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A criminal act is a social disease in all its varied forms that sabotages the security of all individuals (The Lifers Public Safety Steering Committee of the State Correctional Institutions, 2004). Crime in any form is an aspect that drives disorder and disorganization in a particular society because of the challenges and dangers it present to people.
The Supreme Court of the US banned capital punishment which is directed at underage offenders and this has motivated studies which aim at establishing the societal perception on the juvenile death penalty. This paper presents summaries of various information sources which include credible articles and research papers on the various legal aspects of the juvenile death penalty.
Children in their early teenage years commit crimes without their knowledge as they go through their challenging adolescent stage. This is normally motivated by peer pressure whereby the deviant teenagers lure their friends to commit crimes in the name of having thrilling fun in their neighborhoods.
Over the years, prosperous countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and the United States have been attracting immigrants in large numbers (Muwonge 10). This situation is attributed to the fact that such countries have better social, economic, and political environments that are more favorable for living and have more opportunities than the immigrants’ countries of origin.
use of the border between the United States and Mexico. According to Wasem (2010), the current proportion of foreigners residing in the U.S. has reached approximately 12.6% of the national population with about 10.8 million of these residing illegally. Immigration reform is a term popular within the political circles relating to changes in the immigration policy.
The principle of proportionately in criminal sentencing is mainly practiced by the Supreme Court of United States of America. As per this principle, the court is required to seek that the punishment sentenced are appropriate in accordance with the crime committed under the ‘Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause’.
Punishment is a positive reinforcement of peoples believes against offending. The philosophy of punishment is founded on how and whether punishment can be justified. There are two main approaches to justifying punishment, and these are punishment as public censure and punishment as a way of restoring the equilibrium changed by the offence.
As a consequence, one prosecutor may consistently pursue the offender’s maximum sentence. On the other side of the scale, another prosecutor may consistently settle through plea agreement. This paper discusses the three factors influencing the prosecutor’s