The Case for a Young Adult Criminal Justice System

May 1, 2013 | by Tracy Velázquez | The Chronicle of Social Change

This article argues for the creation of a separate court process for young adults. The system would balance accountability for delinquent behavior committed with rehabilitation for youth who still have their futures ahead of them.

This article argues for the creation of a separate court process for young adults. The system would balance accountability for delinquent behavior committed with rehabilitation for youth who still have their futures ahead of them. Young offenders would undergo more treatment and training as alternatives to incarceration, and would hopefully avoid having their reputations permanently tainted in academia and the job marketplace.

For more on NCCD’s work in juvenile justice, click here.