Juvenile and Adult Court Systems

You have been doing research on some aspects of the juvenile justice system. You need to compare the differences between the juvenile and adult court systems for an upcoming meeting. Use the following examples to illustrate the differences between the two systems:

Jan, a 16-year-old girl, has been caught stealing an automobile.
Kim, a 24-year-old woman, has also been caught stealing an automobile.
What are Kim’s and Jan’s court processes going to be like? Are there any differences? Will their outcomes be the same? Will one be treated harsher than the other?

-Summarize the social characteristics of the juvenile court system and accompanying laws.
-Discuss issues related to treating the juvenile offender as an adult.


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