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    Juvenile vs. Adult Criminal Processing

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    "Juveniles are developmentally different from adults and more responsive to rehabilitation efforts." Do you agree with this statement? If yes, how are juveniles developmentally different from adults? Why are they more responsive to rehabilitation efforts?

    Does juvenile processing differ from adult processing? What do you think could be the main differences between the juvenile justice system and the adult system? What could be the possible implications of transferring a juvenile for trial from juvenile to adult jurisdictions and the adult courts? Support your answers with your research and examples.

    Certain legal rights are extended to juveniles but not to adults. Discuss these legal rights with your peers. Do you think there was a social context surrounding these legal rights? How do you think these rights were established?

    Consider a situation where the juvenile justice system is abolished. Do you think the processing of juveniles will be affected? How?

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    "Juveniles are developmentally different from adults and more responsive to rehabilitation efforts." Do you agree with this statement? If yes, how are juveniles developmentally different from adults? Why are they more responsive to rehabilitation efforts?

    It has been scientifically proven that children have underdeveloped brain capacity in relation to adults in the areas of reasoning and decision-making. Children have yet to formulate the experiences necessary to "mold" them into either a criminal or a law abiding citizen. Therefore, when a child commits a crime, they can be more easily rehabilitated than adults who have become hardened criminals over a lifetime of criminal experiences. ...

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    This solution compares and contrasts the juvenile and adult criminal processing systems.

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