Despite the establishment of a separate juvenile justice system over a century ago, youth are routinely charged and prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system. The numbers of youth facing adult prosecution increased substantially in the 1990’s in the wake of a baseless and racist myth that a generation of "super-predators" was on the rise. On any given day, around 10,000 juveniles are housed in adult jails and prisons – 7,500 in jails and 2,700 in prisons, respectively. Of the juveniles held in adult jails, most of them are awaiting trial, as 39 states permit or require that youth charged as adults be held in an adult jail before they are tried.
Cons of Juveniles Being Tried As Adults. 1. Put Young Offenders At High Risk One of the biggest problems of a young offender being tried as an adult is the fact that they could possibly be sent to an adult correctional facility. This is a very dangerous situation, especially if they are very young. Many of these juveniles lack the maturity to Author: Flow Psychology Editor. Juveniles are generally tried in a youth court. If a juvenile is charged with an offence that was committed alongside an adult, then both offenders will be tried in an adult magistrates' court, except if it is necessary in the interests of justice that they both be tried in Crown Court.
Nathaniel Abraham of Michigan was 11 when he became the first child tried as an adult for first-degree murder. After the boy was convicted of second-degree murder, a county judge called the law ''fundamentally flawed'' and sentenced the boy to youth detention rather than life imprisonment. Feb 15, 2015 · The Cons of Juveniles Being Tried As Adults. 1. A juvenile offender may not have a clear understanding of the crime they committed. A child’s brain is not fully developed and their sense of right and wrong is much different than an adult’s.