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Juvenile justice probation might do more harm than good

The South Carolina juvenile justice system is based on a delicate balance of reforming children who commit delinquent acts and punishing the children for those same acts. In the past, the trend regarding the outcome of the juvenile justice cases involved incarceration. It is now changing to lean more toward probation for these children, but some people are concerned that probation is leading children right back to juvenile incarceration facilities.

Different rules for minors in questioning

South Carolina residents may be aware of a Supreme Court decision that held that police must be more careful in how they question minors. People are supposed to be informed of their Miranda rights when they are taken into custody. However, it is not always clear when a person is in custody, and for minors, it may be even less clear.

Juvenile sentencing alternatives may reduce recidivism

People in South Carolina may be interested in the results of a new study recently released by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The analysis conducted by the researchers looked at juvenile recidivism rates in states that are using community-based sentencing alternatives as opposed to long periods of detention and incarceration.

Juvenile crimes in South Carolina

When juveniles have been suspected of the commission of a crime in South Carolina, law enforcement or someone else often refers them to the Department of Juvenile Justice. What happens next depends on the individual, the circumstances and the charge as cases work their way through the juvenile justice system.

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