Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Justice

In our democracy, should juvenile offenders who are accused of serious violent crimes be prosecuted and punished as adults?

A central democratic idea is that citizens are equal before the law. Young people, however, are often treated differently. When should the law treat a teenager like a child and when like an adult? For the past 100 years, societies in Europe and North America have wrestled with this question. Balancing the needs of young people and the needs of society is particularly challenging when juveniles commit serious violent offenses.