ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 30, 1999
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) A look at juvenile justice introduced.
(Chicago: Dean Reynolds) The long-running debate over whether juvenile criminals should be punished or rehabilitated featured; scenes shown from Chicago. [Cook County Juvenile Court Judge William HIBBLER - says we help children everyday; cautions against stigmatizing a generation of young people.] [Former kids in trouble now grown up, Sally HENDERSON, Jason SMITH - thanks the juvenile court system.] [Cook County Juvenile Court Judge Nancy Sidote SALYERS - criticizes the push to incarcerate young offenders.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The trend toward prosecuting juveniles as adults noted; statistics cited.
(Giddings, Texas: James Walker) The Texas approach to juvenile offenders examined; details given of how determinant sentences work as a threat. [Inmate "ISAIAH" - comments.] [Judge Hal GAITHER - defends the determinant sentence.] [Inmate teen "JOSE" - reacts to his sentence.] [Correctional facility psychologist Corinee Alvarez SANDERS - explains the reaction to "a hammer that can come down."]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from the National Center for Juvenile Justice on what the community wants for young offenders noted.