Adult vs. Juvenile Justice Systems: What Are the Major Differences?
Correctional systems for adults and juveniles are designed differently. While the U.S. Constitution grants criminal defendants certain rights regardless of age, juvenile offenders are often treated differently throughout the criminal justice process. If you or your child are facing criminal charges, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the differences between the adult and juvenile systems. Here’s an overview of the differences between the two systems to help you understand your legal rights. Purpose of the System The primary difference between the adult and juvenile systems is the purpose. The adult criminal justice system is designed to punish offenders for breaking the law....Continue reading