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Juvenile Crimes Archives

Legislation will help expunge criminal and juvenile charges

The governor of New Jersey recently made an announcement about legislation that will make it easier for those who have been in prison before to get a job. The bipartisan deal is a set of three bills designed to improve the chances that a former New Jersey inmates can get criminal and juvenile charges expunged from their records. These bills will strengthen the "ban the box" legislation from three years ago.

Truancy issues in New Jersey schools sending kids to court

Chronic absenteeism has become a serious issue in several schools within the state. In fact, 10 schools in New Jersey have a truancy rate of 25 percent, with five of them having rates as high as 40 percent or more. The number of students who regularly miss class is not only up in high schools but in elementary schools as well.

Boys charges with juvenile crime in playground arson case

Two boys have been charged with arson after a New Jersey playground was destroyed by fire. The fire at Wales Park in Linden was allegedly set by two young boys who will be charged with a juvenile crime. The kids are 11 and 13 years old and are facing charges of criminal mischief and arson.

State residents prefer rehabilitation for juvenile crime

In a recent poll, it was discovered that most state residents are not in favor of incarceration or punishment for underage criminals. In fact, as much as 85 percent of the population of New Jersey prefers some kind of prevention or rehabilitation for those found responsible for a juvenile crime. While most agree that a child should be held accountable for his or her actions, the severity of such accountability is in question.

Outcry against bail system changes for New Jersey juvenile crime

A few changes have been made to the way the state handles bail for underage offenders. New Jersey recently chose to allow a computer-generated risk assessment to be used when a judge is deciding bail. This assessment does not use juvenile crime records. While ordering a new detention hearing for one of the state's sex offenders, a panel of three judges was one of the first to use the new system in its decision. After this decision brought about the release of a sex offender, some feel that the new system brings with it a whole new set of issues.

Probation is a better option than incarceration for juveniles

If a young person gets off track and in trouble with the law, it is important that he or she is held accountable. But that accountability should be within reason. Juveniles are not the same as adults. They have not reached mental and emotional maturity, and as such, when meting out penalties to juveniles, it is best that emphasis is placed on helping them become better citizens. And to this end, incarceration often does just the opposite.

State Supreme Court issues important ruling on youth sentencing

When a juvenile commits a serious criminal act, he or she should face some measure of consequences. However, often in such cases, juveniles have been handed sentences that keep them behind bars until they grow very old or even die. This course of legal action is typically not appropriate in most circumstances; at least that is what the New Jersey Supreme Court believes according to a recent ruling.

State Supreme Court issues important ruling on youth sentencing

When a juvenile commits a serious criminal act, he or she should face some measure of consequences. However, often in such cases, juveniles have been handed sentences that keep them behind bars until they grow very old or even die. This course of legal action is typically not appropriate in most circumstances; at least that is what the New Jersey Supreme Court believes according to a recent ruling.

New Jersey student arrested for making threats on social media

One of the greatest myths that we attempt to instill in our children is that their teenage years will be the happiest time of their lives. Of course, anyone who has lived through adolescence knows that it is a period that can be filled with conflict and angst. And while most teens are able to navigate safely into adulthood, there are those who have a more difficult time. And in a bout of emotional turmoil, an unhappy teen could act out in a very dangerous manner.

Youth's pumpkin prank results in weapon and assault charges

Halloween 2016 is now just a memory in the minds of New Jersey citizens. But for some, the antics of that night could have a lingering impact. When looking to cause mischief, it is all too easy for a teenager to make a bad, albeit silly, choice that takes a dark turn. And if the teen runs afoul of the law, he or she may have to face some serious consequences.