Real Life Real Issues Juvenile Justice: A prosecutor and judge weigh in
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WITF’s Real Life Real Issues Juvenile Justice series continues on Smart Talk Wednesday as we hear from a judge and a prosecutor talking about the system.
Cumberland County Commons Pleas Court Judge Tom Placey, who hears juvenile cases, and Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed appear on the program.
The juvenile justice system is much different than adult criminal court. Judge Placey explains the differences with perhaps the biggest one being juvenile cases are decided by the judge without a jury. Although, the justice system is an adversarial one between the prosecution and defense, there is much more of a team effort to doing what’s right for the crime victim and the juvenile offender.
The district attorney is a big part of that team. Freed tells us that he reviews every juvenile case in Cumberland County to determine how to proceed and what’s best for the community, the victim and the offender.
Those we’ve talked with this week indicate the priority is truly on making sure an offender turns his or her life around and doesn’t re-offend. Of course, the safety of the community is also a priority.
As the juvenile justice series continues this week, we look at the role of the family on Thursday’s Smart Talk.