A larger national push toward community programs versus detention and confinement for youth could have some judges ordering alternatives for young offenders. The state of California has two large funding sources for juvenile justice purposes and some of those funds are earmarked for community-based services for youth. Individuals charged with juvenile crimes may not necessarily face detention, but it will depend on the circumstance and the location.
A teen was arrested in relation to an alleged crime that occurred on social media and at a high school. The California resident, a juvenile, has been charged with threatening to shoot another teen and for possession of a stolen handgun. The juvenile crimes could carry serious penalties for the boy, who is only 14 years old.
A disturbing incident at a local woman's residence led to the arrest of a 14-year-old boy. Police say that the boy went to the woman's home dressed as a police officer and tried to enter the residence. He was able to leave the scene at the time, but was arrested and charged with juvenile crimes a day later near his California residence.
Recent reform of the state's policies regarding youthful offenders will hopefully allow more young people to seek rehabilitation for offenses instead of harsh punishments. A California court decided to expand the reach of limits for those charged with juvenile crimes. In 2016, a proposition was approved that prevented prosecutors from trying young people in adult court. Now, the reach of that proposition has been expanded.
Minors who rack up court costs for their transgressions will no longer be sent to jail for the unpaid fines, according to a new law in the state. In the past, California teens convicted of juvenile crimes faced penalties that included court costs and other fines. When the fines were left unpaid, some children faced going to jail for failing to make the payments. Luckily, a new 2018 law will prevent this outcome.
A Halloween party turned deadly for one person recently in California. One person was shot while attending the party, and the alleged shooter was a juvenile male. Investigators are still looking into the exact details of the incident, and they did arrest a youth who has been charged with murder.
A series of offenses led to the arrest of several young men locally. Charges of theft and attempted murder were doled out to a total of five individuals. One of the young California men was 18 years of age, while another four people were charged with juvenile crimes. A series of six crimes happening over the span of one night and day set officials out searching for those responsible.
In a move designed to emulate a recent Supreme Court ruling, a new policy for young lifers has passed the state Assembly. The legislative body has voted that California inmates sentenced to life in prison without parole for juvenile crimes would now be eligible for parole. The measure has not yet passed the Senate.
Unfortunately when a child is associated with criminal activity it can start a perception about the child that can follow a person for life. When authority figures believe that a child has committed some crime, they are more likely to maintain a negative opinion of the child's personality and abilities. A minor has not fully matured, and should be given the chance to develop so that he or she can become a fully functioning member of society. Recently, two teens were arrested and charged with juvenile crimes following their alleged participation in the robbery of a California convenience store.
During fair week, everyone feels a little festive. It is time to people watch, eat some funnel cake and get your thrills riding... a stolen car? While most people would choose to get their thrills by riding the Vortex, police say that one juvenile chose to get his thrill by stealing a car and leading them on a chase. A recent news story gives more details about the California teenager's alleged juvenile crimes.