Andrew Lorek Argumentative Essay

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In 2009, a 14-year old boy shot and killed an innocent bystander riding a bicycle down Chicago Brighton Park. When, later a 15-year-old boy named Andrew Lorek also committed the same murder crime. These heinous acts of manslaughter were to be proven worthy for their gang. Both teens pleaded guilty, but because Andrew Lorek turned fifteen two weeks prior from the offense, he was sentenced to adult court, where his actions caused him to face 28 years in prison. He was due to be released when he is 43. On the other hand, the other boy who was 14, was handled in juvenile court where he was set to have a rehabilitation intervention process and was set to regain his freedom after he turns 21. Andrew Lorek, serving his eighth year in prison, has confessed that, "There's no justifying what I've done," he said. "I deserve punishment for my crime...If I knew what I know now, I …show more content…

So by punishing juveniles as adults, the others may come to the conclusion that it is not so easy to cut loose once being prosecuted as an adult. They will realize this is the real world, and that It may not be another “slap on the wrist” the next time. Teens will realize there will be no special consideration because of their age. In the article, “In Prison, Teenagers Become Prey,” by T.J Parsell, he explains using ethos, logos, and pathos to describe how some teens who become incarcerated end up killing themselves due to the fact of how horrific and traumatizing it is in jail. He states, “Most juveniles who serve time are eventually released. They will either be traumatized from sexual assault or hyper-violent from having learned to fend off the threat” (Parsell). Although teens are too “young” for prison, many still believe that life lessons will be obtained throughout the years of their punishment. It will teach them to be responsible and to think before they act. One author who believes in adult punishment is

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