Juvenile Justice - FRONTLINE examines America's juvenile justice system, and what should happen to teenagers who commit violent offenses

Four kids, four crimes. Two were sent to adult court, two treated as juveniles. Read their stories. How would you decide?

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Juvenile Justice

Should teenagers who commit serious crimes be tried as juveniles or adults? What happens to young offenders who reach the 'end of the line' in the juvenile court system - and how do you rehabilitate these young people to prevent future criminal behavior? FRONTLINE explores these questions as it follows four juvenile offenders - one white, two Hispanic, and one African American - through the Santa Clara, California, juvenile courts, observing how the criminal justice system treats their cases and determines their fates.

published jan. 2001