Juvenile Justice System
The Denny Juvenile Justice Center is located in Snohomish County, Washington. The center has a variety of facilities to cater for the needs of the county. First, they have courts capable of handling juvenile cases (Superior Court, 2013). Second, there is a confine center where children and teenagers can serve their sentences. Thirdly, the center has medical facilities for purposes of offering medical treatment to the children in confinement. In addition, it has a counseling center (Superior Court, 2013). This is where they offer counseling services to the children with emotional adversities and those, who have substance abuse problems. Finally, the center has a beautiful playground/recreational facility for children and teenagers to socialize with each other and their visitors (Superior Court, 2013).
The Denny Juvenile Justice Center, like any other justice-related structure, handles certain type of cases. First, the court handles delinquency cases, where a person below the age of eighteen years has allegedly committed a crime. In this event, the relevant authorities may file a petition in the juvenile court, where the minor should be tried (Superior Court, 2013). The second type of cases administered by Denny Juvenile Justice Center, is dependency cases. This is where parents of a minor may be unable to control the behavior of their child. The center offers parents and the minor an opportunity to save the situation before it escalates (Superior Court, 2013).
The third type of case is termination of parent rights towards a child. In a certain situation, a parent may voluntarily terminate the right of being a parent towards a child. In this situation, the center comes into play, and takes care of the child. On the other hand, the center may decide to terminate the right of a parent involuntarily, due to certain circumstances (Superior Court, 2013). The fourth type of case the court handles, is emancipation cases. A 16-17-year old minor obtains his/her rights as an adult. It is for the purposes of being tried as an adult in criminal cases. Finally, expunction is another type of cases handled by the center. It is where all juvenile records are destroyed if the minor meets all the statutory requirements and there is no objection (Superior Court, 2013).
The center has jurisdiction in cases, involving those people, who have not attained the age of majority, 18 years and above. It is worth noting that there are certain conditions where the case could be tried in the senior court. For instance, if a child allegedly commits murder, rape or robbery with violence among other cases, the center may decide it does not have jurisdiction over these cases (Superior Court, 2013). As a result, the minor is tried in a senior court.
The juvenile court system is an excellent way of rehabilitating minors. In my opinion, the juvenile court system helps to reduce the number of crimes likely to occur in the future. As a result, I believe it saves a lot of money for the government and county. It is worth mentioning that juveniles are not treated like criminals in this center, but rather as a ‘work in progress’ (Superior Court, 2013). Therefore, they are not harassed. Instead, they are educated for purposes of becoming decent individuals in the future.
The primary goal of a juvenile justice system is to reduce the amount of recidivism and any crime that might occur in future (Superior Court, 2013). The system ensures that it is rehabilitating all those minors, who have committed a crime or they are likely to commit a wrongful act. The system serves for the purposes of saving them from becoming hardcore criminals. It is valuable to note that the juvenile justice system cares more about juveniles than the society. Therefore, they do not mistreat juveniles, but rather rehabilitate them (Superior Court, 2013).
Superior Court. (2013). Denny Juvenile Justice Center. Snohomish County. Retrieved from http://www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Departments/Superior_Court/Juvenile_Services/
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