When a youngster makes a mistake and is arrested for committing a crime, should that act, committed while he is still a juvenile, appear and reappear, to haunt the offender for the rest of his life? There are some people in this country who say that we are not tough enough with our young people. But even they would not want the life of a young person marred forever by a mistake which he made as a juvenile.
Terrence N. O'Donnell,
Character Evidence and the Juvenile Record,
20 Clev. St. L. Rev.
available at http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/clevstlrev/vol20/iss1/62