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Susquehanna University Political Review

Abstract

It is no secret that there are problems in the juvenile justice system of the United States. As a citizen of the largest incarcerator in the world, including of children, I was inclined to find out why it is so many children are being jailed year after year. While I first aimed to gauge public knowledge on the juvenile justice system as a whole, I then decided to see whether the public would be less punitive with more knowledge of the young offender. Additionally, I aimed to gather information on racial disparities within the system and, therefore, within the public. Through three surveys sent to over 2,000 Susquehanna students, I found there was evidence to suggest that there is support for my first hypothesis, but not enough evidence to support my second. A majority of responders in all three surveys think that there should be reform in the juvenile justice system.

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