Child or Adult? Determining whether to try a child in the juvenile or the criminal justice system will have an impact on every step of his or her experience. Although the exact laws and practices of the systems vary from state to state, broad underlying beliefs differentiate the two systems. While the juvenile system is often thought to be more lenient in its punishments, there are often stricter regulations throughout the process. In the juvenile system a child may not have a right to a jury trial or bail. Juvenile records are not open to public access like criminal records and parole is very different between the two systems. When the child in question is considered a child, the courts act as more of a parent attempting to punish but also protect. Differences between juvenile and adult criminal justice systems exist at every step of the way. Follow how each system handles bail, parole, and other aspects of the process by reading the article, Juvenile vs adult justice. a. What are the main similarities and differences in these two systems? b. Which system is best equipped to handle the case of Cristian Fernandez from the beginning of Chapter 5? Explain why. c. For what type of crimes would it be better to be in the criminal justice system? In the juvenile justice system?
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