Juvenile Justice Act only encourages some underage criminals, claims social worker

Philstar.com interviewed a social worker who is working at the Yakap Bata Holding Center, which is sponsored by the Caloocan City government. The social worker, who requested not to be named because she "does not want to create trouble," was asked for her opinion about the Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice Act of 2006. The law authored by Sen. Francis Pangilinan aims "to protect the rights of children 17 years old and below" and is designed to promote rehabilitation.

Philstar.com interviewed a social worker who is working at the Yakap Bata Holding Center, which is sponsored by the Caloocan City government. The social worker, who requested not to be named because she "does not want to create trouble," was asked for her opinion about the Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice Act of 2006. The law authored by Sen. Francis Pangilinan aims "to protect the rights of children 17 years old and below" and is designed to promote rehabilitation.

 

The social worker told The Philippine Star: "As far as I am concerned, (children) 15 to 17 years old could already discern what they are doing. In fact many of them even have kids of their own. So in effect, our juvenile justice law is (encouraging) them to commit more criminal acts, knowing that they could not be held liable for being minors." She suggested that, perhaps, the law should "undergo a thorough review."

 

According to the Philstar.com article, the social worker based her statement on the fact that many of the Yakap Bata Holding Center’s wards are "repeat offenders." She pointed out: "Before, we only have a few child offenders but with the passing of the law a few years ago, their numbers surged."

 

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