Juvenile justice is the area of criminal law applicable to persons not old enough to be held responsible for criminal acts. In most states, the age for criminal culpability is set at 18 years. Juvenile law is mainly governed by state law and most states have enacted a juvenile code. The main goal of the juvenile justice system is rehabilitation rather than punishment. Darren
The term 'juvenile' refers to persons from 12-18 yrs old. Since the law only recognises a minor and a major, a juvenile is deemed to be a child (minor). A minor is deemed to not have the full capacity to make rational and correct decisions so crimes committed by such an individual cannot be entirely attributed to him or be blamed on him. For example, a juvenile committing an act of murder may not attract the same sentencing as an identical act committed by an adult.