A Prosecutor of a Juvenile Case
Interview two or three of your friends, and give them the following hypothetical case: You are a prosecutor who has just been given a juvenile murder case. The delinquent is a first-time offender, but has had trouble in school for years. He is a 15-year old who has murdered a 12-year old boy from his neighborhood. The murder was excessively violent and gruesome, but he does not appear remorseful for his crime. Not surprisingly, there is public pressure to punish him severely. The murderer is of small stature and immature emotional development. He was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and appears to have several learning disabilities. You have the following options: Prosecute him through the juvenile court system, which in your state will release him on his 19th birthday; Waive him to adult court, which would net a longer sentence but would subject him to incarceration with adults at an early age; or Opt for blended sentencing. Which is best for an offender like this? Summarize your friends’ opinions and reasons as well as your own. Your posting should be at least two paragraphs long. Read the postings of your classmates. Respond to one of your classmates’ postings. Do you agree? Disagree?