The Supreme Court: Reforming Juvenile Justice

Throughout the U.S., juvenile courts are an entity unto themselves. They have their own rules and regulations, and in most cases they answer to no higher authority. Until its current session, the U.S. Supreme Court had never even reviewed a state juvenile court case. But last week, by an 8-to-1 majority, the court ruled that it is time for juvenile courts to grow up. "Neither the 14th Amendment nor the Bill of Rights is for adults alone," said Justice Abe Fortas for the majority. "Under our Constitution, the condition of being a...

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