According to the Equal Justice Initiative, for certain criminal offenses, children are allowed to be tried as adults in every state. Although there is dissent about trying juveniles as adults, many organizations are fighting against it because they maintain that it does more harm than good.Continue Reading
According to the Juvenile Law Center, even though it is legal to prosecute juveniles as adults in some circumstances, research suggests that doing so has the potential to cause more harm than good to both the minor and to society. In a study conducted by the Campaign for Youth Justice, it was observed that juveniles are in much greater danger of becoming victims of extreme violence and sexual abuse in an adult facility than if they were in a juvenile detention center or group home.
Additionally, FRONTLINE reports that trying minors as adults in the justice system has little to no effect on reducing juvenile crime rates and further notes that it also creates a greater likelihood of recidivism. The Equal Justice Initiative seeks to find alternatives to placing juveniles in the adult justice system. Due to the efforts of this initiative, the Supreme Court has banned the death penalty for all children serving prison sentences and ruled that trial courts must make final punishment determinations only upon conducting a special assessment hearing.Learn more about Crime
As of 2015, offenses for which several law enforcement agencies in the Detroit area seek fugitives who are considered their "most wanted" include drug trafficking, rape and escaping from prison. The agencies include the Michigan Department of Corrections and the Detroit offices of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Marshals Service.Full Answer >
As of 2015, federal sentencing guidelines define a robbery of less than $10,000 by someone without any prior offenses as a level 20 offense, which has a minimum sentence of 33 months, according to the United States Sentencing Commission. The offense level increases as the amount stolen increases.Full Answer >
Many criminal offenses can deny a person entry into the United States, including murder, rape, child abuse, aggravated assault or multiple misdemeanor convictions, states the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. Entrance is denied for any drug-related conviction.Full Answer >
Minor crimes in the United States include traffic offenses that do not involve any damage or injury, littering, possession of very small amounts of illegal drugs with no intent to sell, fishing or hunting without a license, jaywalking, or riding public transportation without paying a fare. In the United States, crimes considered relatively less serious are called misdemeanors or infractions and carry lower penalties than more serious felony crimes.Full Answer >