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    Laws - View Law: Juvenile Justice Reform

    Being a teen isn’t easy. You sometimes find yourself looking for ways to fit in or to impress your friends. You may even find yourself breaking the LAW just to be part of action. Before you do something you may regret, there is something you need to know.

    Lawmakers and voters feel that too many crimes are being committed by juveniles, victimizing too many innocent people. Because of this, the law in Arizona has changed to severely punish violent youthful offenders.

    Kids might think juvenile court is a joke. A slap on the wrist and you’re out the door. They're Wrong! The punishment for juveniles in Arizona just got a lot tougher.

    • Did you know that if you are 15, 16 or 17 years old, you are required to be tried as an ADULT if: you commit a specified violent crime ( murder, armed robbery, forcible sexual assault, or aggravated assault) or you are arrested for your third felony (which is any felony after being adjudicated on two prior felonies.)
    • Did you know that some juvenile records are not confidential?
    • Did you know that your parents must come to court with you?
    • Did you know that your first driving under the influence conviction means 24 hours in detention and losing your driver’s license?
    • Did you know that a conviction for graffiti results in a driver’s license suspension?
    • Did you know that the destruction of juvenile records is not automatic?

    Recent History of Juvenile Justice Reform
    The Juvenile Justice Reform Act (or Senate Bill 1446)- was passed by the Arizona State Legislature to implement Proposition 102, which was passed by the voters in November of 1996.
    This law became effective on July 21, 1997.

    11 thru 15 of 21 comments     1   2  [ 3 ]  4   5    
    On 01/29/06
    Tamara from AZ said:
    I think many people should realize how the world is changing, try to understand teenagers, and find the underlying causes of the problems the teens are facing. I do not think locking them up and throwing away the key is going to help them. They are our future, and they need proper guidance that involves compassion and love.
    On 10/24/05
    Alejandra from TX said:
    I think it doesn't matter how old you are, you should know not to smoke drink or any other drug related things, even under peer pressure and stuff becouse you are your own self and should know when and how to say "NO".
    On 07/25/05
    Samantha from MI said:
    I think that if your parents are divorced ,at the age of 13, you should live with whoever you want as long as it's a family member.Because my mom uses me for my dad's child support.She's left bruises on me before and when i show someone they come and talk to my mom and she tells them that she was just disciplining me and that if i didn't throw myself around i wouldn't have those bruises and she gets away w/ it.
    On 05/13/05
    daniel from AZ said:
    I think they should do some check ups on drugs in backpacks if they have suspision
    On 03/03/05
    Irvin from AZ said:
    Yo, I think that the law should stand as it is because teens these days are doing drugs and other illegal stuff so they should get a taste of their own medicine
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