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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.

    16 thru 20 of 21 comments     1   2   3  [ 4 ]  5    
    On 02/20/05
    Dee from AZ said:
    the laws should be harsh for the under aged violaters, maybe then it will deter the next generation from making the same mistakes.
    On 12/18/04
    Meg from AZ said:
    The saying is, "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime".
    On 12/16/04
    sara from AL said:
    I think the laws are dumb. im trying to find out if its legal for me to move out right now
    On 11/27/04
    Jess from AZ said:
    what's that old saying? if you can't do the time...don't do the time?? some kids think they are all tough...being rebilious and whatever...they think they are invisible (i did too)...but your not...and juvenile detention centers show kids they aren't as 'bad' as they think they are.
    On 09/20/04
    ricky from AZ said:
    I do think that the laws for kids in detention centers are harsh.  Still you should be safe from those kids who are really bad and don't follow the rules.
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