This is normally motivated by peer pressure whereby the deviant teenagers lure their friends to commit crimes in the name of having thrilling fun in their neighborhoods. Most American kids get away with the crimes they commit since the people in the community seldom take the matters to court but those who are not lucky enough to be forgiven face trials and they are given various sentences by the courts.
Delinquent juveniles may be incarcerated by the court as punishment, depending on the gravity of their actions. This normally happens when the crime committed by the juvenile could attract a heavy sentencing penalty if he or she was an adult. Repeat juvenile offenders also attract incarceration sentences. Juvenile offenders may be sent to juvenile correction facilities and later transferred to state prisons if they fail to reform as required of them. This paper will discuss prison sentencing reform for juveniles in the U.S. and its effectiveness. Prison sentencing of juveniles has more negative effects on the lives of the offenders and it should be discouraged.
Recent developments in the American Justice System allowed the courts to sentence juveniles to life imprisonment without parole. The controversial issue has attracted heated debates in the American society and some people have petitioned the Supreme Court to overrule the policy. It is, however, a very good way of safeguarding the American society since the maximum sentencing is only done on juvenile offenders whose crimes could attract capital punishment or life imprisonment if they were adults. Some of these crimes include murder and rape among other serious crimes. The sentencing has been devised in order to keep the dangerous juvenile criminals away from the society. It is believed that the life imprisonment is a viable reform method for the deviant kids. Most of them are reformed within the first 10 years of imprisonment