Social Stuides Case 6

Social Stuides Case 6
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  • Kent Vs United States(1996)
  •  Kent Morris. is 16 years old and was  arrested for stealing from different stores!  He  had been counted for 3 home burglaries, 3 robberies of a public store, and 3 counts of drug possession in DC!
  • Kent would be punished as an adult. It was  decided that Kent would be sent to jail for 30-90 years.
  • The Lawyer appealed wanting him to be sent back to Juvenile Court, where the penalties are not severe!
  • The Supreme Court ruled against Kent. It states that,a minor can be tried and punished as an adult. However, the Justices said that in deciding whether to remove a case from juvenile court, judges must weigh a variety of factors, including the seriousness of the crime; the juvenile's age; and the defendant's criminal background and mental state.
  • This can impact students because if the punishment is very severe we can be trialed as an adult!
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