By Aaron Kupchik
2007 Ruth Shonle Cavan younger pupil Award offered via the yank Society of Criminology
2007 American Society of Criminology Michael J. Hindelang Award for the main impressive Contribution to analyze in Criminology
By evaluating how children are prosecuted and punished in juvenile and legal (adult) courts, Aaron Kupchik unearths that prosecuting children in legal court docket doesn't healthy with our cultural understandings of youthfulness. consequently, youngsters who're transferred to felony courts are nonetheless judged as juveniles. eventually, Kupchik makes a compelling argument for the suitability of teenybopper courts in treating young people. Judging Juveniles means that justice will be higher served if young people have been dealt with by way of the approach designed to deal with their distinct needs.
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I don’t make a pitch that is a baloney pitch. ” In other words, I will never do anything to ruin my credibility with the court and neither will anybody else here. (#12) Prosecutors as well are motivated to build rapport with defense attorneys to facilitate a shared understanding of appropriate responses to certain crimes, or “going rates,” which in turn results in a speedier and less contentious flow of cases. Of course, this cooperative nature and ability to predict one another’s actions occasionally breaks down.
In each of the juvenile courts the same prosecutors work before the same judge every day, and one of a handful (six in Maxwell County, eight in Pierce County) of public defenders is in court and represents the vast majority of defendants on any given day. The turnover of judges is uncommon in the New Jersey juvenile courts —most judges are secure in their positions and leave only through retirement. Among defense attorneys, turnover in the juvenile court staff is exceptionally rare. The turnover of prosecutors is higher than that of either judges or defense attorneys; prosecutors in the juvenile courts generally leave for the criminal courts once they receive sufficient training.
As a result, they have a high degree of autonomy. According to one criminal court judge: A[n] elected judge is a constitutional judge and it is a fourteen-year appointment that can’t be disturbed except for removal. The notions of punishment and the like for performance, unless we’re talking about incompetence or deficiency or malfeasance, I’ve never heard of it. . But there is really no evaluative process to speak of. We never have a sitdown review where I’m told that I am deficient or that I have to improve in an area or there is some sort of written evaluation.