Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Juvenile Courthouse

Juvenile Delinquency

A delinquent child is anyone under the age of 18 who violates the law. A petition must be filed and the juvenile court must find the charges to be true or dismiss them. If the charges are found to be true, either through admission by the minor or by a trial of facts, the minor may be removed from the home. For lesser crimes, the minor may remain with a parent (s) under certain conditions of probation, detained in juvenile hall for a limited term or placed in any of a variety of programs. Some younger, less criminally sophisticated juveniles who require a residential-type intervention are sent to The Warren E. Thornton Youth Center. An extension of this facility, is the Sandra L. Larson Youth Center where up to 77 minors may be housed. For more serious crimes, the delinquent may be ordered committed to the Sacramento County Boys Ranch of the California Youth Authority (CYA). For some crimes, a minor who meets the criteria outlined in the Welfare and Institutions Code may be tried and sentenced as an adult.