Juvenile Delinquencies in the Contemporary World
Nevertheless, these crimes cannot go unpunished. The juvenile justice system in the United States involves children below the age of 18 years. in Ohio, each county has a juvenile court, which tries juvenile offenders. The Ohio department of youth service confines juvenile offenders and provides intervention programs among other juvenile justice services (Wonnacott Wagner, 2008, p.1). Columbus is the capital city of Ohio, which is the largest state in the United States, and where juvenile offenses are common. Columbus public schools offer education for the detention centers, which comprise of youths. These juvenile detainees are offered education and religious services as well as recreation programs (Henderson, N.d). This paper will discuss juvenile justice and policing at length.The main purpose of the juvenile justice system is to protect the public from offenders, hold the juvenile offenders accountable for their criminal activities, rehabilitate juvenile offenders, protect, and care for the juveniles, and protect the victims’ rights (Sartini, 2011). As a result, all the above factors must be balanced for justice to prevail. In 2011, the Ohio House of Representatives proposed some amendments to the juvenile system. The current laws require that some serious juvenile cases be transferred to an adult court for further prosecution. such cases involve murder and rape among others. However, the proposed policy will change the manner in which the serious juvenile crimes are handled. if the proposed legislation becomes law, then the judge has the power to decide which offenders should be tried in adult courts (Sartini, 2011). Needless to say, this proposed legislation brought about a debate, as Sartini argues that, the current laws provide fairness and justice to the victim. However, if the proposed legislation were made law, it would be unfair to some victims of serious crimes, for instance, murder and rape.