@Soulfox -- I agree that reforming kids going bad is part of what juvenile court is for, but can't the same be said of adult felony court? There may be more of an emphasis on reforming offenders in juvenile court, but there is an interest in that process in big boy, felony court, too.
It has long been a goal of those in the criminal justice systems to reform and punish. If there is a chance to turn a criminal into a productive citizen who contributes to the society, then there are plenty in the courts system who will try to do just that.
Turning bad kids into good ones is part of the juvenile criminal courts system, but society does not benefit if we simply lock up adult, criminal offenders and throw away the key.