The California Juvenile Justice System in the Film “Juvenile Justice”


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The California Juvenile Justice System in the Film "Juvenile Justice"
Frontline: Juvenile Justice discusses the impact of legislative actions on the development of young people. According to the film, the purpose of Proposition 21 is a law instituted in 2000 in Santa Clara County, California designed to: “give prosecutors far more discretion, making it much easier to prosecute violent and serious juvenile offenders as adults” (Frontline, 2001). Opponents, such as Judge LaDoris Cordell see the measure as: “we're taking 14-year-olds, 15-year-olds, 16-year-olds and we're giving up on them” (Frontline, 2001). Proponents, such as Supervising Deputy District Attorney Kurt Kumli see the purpose of the law as “a certain trust with respect to...
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.....…anything that is deemed positive, and not destructive. For the juvenile offender, participating in activities within the criminal element only serves as reinforcement to commit crimes. By retraining the social component of their behavioral interactions, the likelihood of making more enabling choices is much more possible. Within a criminal environment, the likelihood of engaging in behavior that is criminal is quite likely. Outside of the environment, it is far less likely.
Works Cited
PreventionAction. "Travis Hirschi." Prevention Action. 12 Oct. 2009 <>.
WGBH . "frontline: juvenile justice: transcript." PBS. 12 Oct. 2009 <>.