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Transcript of juvenile justice
Recidivist rate for juveniles sent through the juvenile justice system
<10 years old-55.56%
10 years old-44.83%
11 years old-29.09%
12 years old-46.15%
13 years old-59.98%
14 years old-69.24%
15-17 years old-81.21% The state of Washington has a very unique govenrmental system regarding the punishment for juveniles. No state has undergone such a far-reaching or complex reform as the state of Washington has. The basis of this philosopshy is rehabilitation. The state believes that all juveniles have the ability to be rehabilitated. The state holds the juveniles accountable for their actions. Also, the state holds itself responsible for how they treat and try the juveniles. The controversy regarding juvenile criminals is whether or not to try juveniles as adults. Some criminal systems will send juvenile criminals to rehabilitation centers or will send juveniles to jail, but for a much-shortened period of time. Although, other criminal systems will try juveniles exactly the same as they would try adults. This all depends on the state the crime was committed in, as many states have their own laws and punishments for juvenile criminals. The reason juveniles can have a separate court of law, is because juveniles are thought to have different levels of maturity, responsibility, comprehension, and that juveniles have a greater chance of rehabilitation. However, a juvenile who is able to commit a heinous, pre-meditated crime, should be tried the same as an adult. Of all the state juvenile justice systems, Washington is arguably the state most directed towards juvenile rehabilitation. In the state of Washington in 2005, juvenile criminals between the age of 15 and 17 have a recidivism rate of over 81%. That percentage is extremely high, over 4 out of every 5 juvenile criminals will be repeat offenders. If the state of Washington's main goal is rehabilitation, and 15-17 year old still have a recidivism rate of over 81%, this shows a lot. When juveniles reach the age of 15, they know the consequences of their actions. If they repeat once and are let off easy, they have an extremely high chance of repeating their offenses. At this age, they are at the age where they should be tried as adults. All state governments should view this data, and at minimum, have the age to be tried as an adult be 15 years old.