Essay heading: "Youth offenders should not be dealt with more leniently than adult offenders." Critically discuss.

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It is designed to correct and guide the youth so they become responsible and realise their potential to become a valuable member of the community.[1] The adversarial process is vastly different and in this system there is a presumed assumption of competence and understanding for the defendant. It is unfair to put a youth in the adversarial system as they may not be able to defend themselves due to their lack of psychological development and understanding of the criminal court...
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In the adult court system it is presumed that the defendant is responsible for their own behaviour, whereas, the validity of this presumption differs due to the juvenile’s age in youth court[3] along with the fact there is growing evidence that moral reasoning is not fully developed until our early 20’s[4]...
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