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
The article titled “ Juvenile Justice from Both Sides of the Bench”, published by PBS, and written by Janet Tobias and Michael Martin informs readers on numerous judges’ opinions on the juveniles being tried as adults. Judge Thomas Edwards believed that juveniles should not be tried as adults because they are still not mature enough to see the consequences of their actions and have a chance to minimize this behavior through rehabilitation programs. Judge LaDoris Cordell argues that although we shouldn’t give up on juveniles and instead help them be a part of society, however, she believes that some sophisticated teens that create horrible crimes should be tried as adults. Bridgett Jones claims that teens think differently than adults and still
It is expected that at a young age, children are taught the difference between what is right and what is wrong in all types of situations. The majority of Supreme Court Justices abolished mandatory life in prison for juveniles that commit heinous crimes, argued this with the consideration of age immaturity, impetuosity, and also negative family and home environments. These violent crimes can be defined as murder, rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault and the like depending on state law. With these monstrous acts in mind the supreme court justices argument could be proven otherwise through capability and accountability, the underdevelopment of the teenage brain and the severity of the crime. Juveniles commit heinous crimes just like adults
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Heinous crimes are considered brutal and common among adults who commit these crimes, but among children with a young age, it is something that is now being counted for an adult trial and punishable with life sentencing. Although some people agree with this decision being made by judges, It is my foremost belief that juveniles don’t deserve to be given life sentencing without being given a chance at rehabilitation. If this goes on there’s no point in even having a juvenile system if children are not being rehabilitated and just being sent off to prison for the rest of their lives and having no chance getting an education or future. Gail Garinger’s article “ juveniles Don’t deserve Life sentence”, written March 14, 2012 and published by New york Times, mentions that “ Nationwide, 79 adolescents have been sentenced to die in prison-a sentence not imposed on children anywhere else in the world. These children were told that they could never change and that no one cared what became of them. They were denied access to education and rehabilitation programs and left without help or hope”. I myself know what it’s like to be in a situation like that, and i also know that people are capable of changing even children when they are young and still growing.
When our thoughts turn to the criminal justice system it is only a natural instinct to assume everyone associated with policing, courts, and corrections will have to deal with juveniles sometime in their career. Young people in today’s society can be so easily influenced by social situations, peer pressure, and family members. The courts in the United States are faced with difficult decisions on a daily basis. Sentencing juveniles to adult facilities for their crimes is becoming a common trend in the justice system today; however it is not a deterrent whatsoever. “The current policies of juvenile bind over to adult criminal court and severe sentencing have been unsuccessful
Every year, children as young as thirteen and fourteen are sentenced to die in prison in the United States. Judges rule these sentences without considering factors such as age and life circumstances. According to studies, there are about 2000 children serving juvenile sentences in the United States (Nellis 30). Further, Studies indicated that 25 percent of the young individuals serving life without parole were convicted accomplice liability, meaning they may not have committed the crime or may not know the primary perpetrators of the crime (Steinberg and Scott 54). All this happens despite the global consensus that children should not handle the same way as adults. This paper explores juvenile life sentencing as a social issue that is affecting
In the online article End Juvenile Life Without Parole is declares that two thousand five hundred and seventy adolescents have already been sentenced to die in prison nationwide. There is no hope for these young adults, regardless of what they do to repent their actions or to change themselves for the better or maybe even come to realization with the depth of the crime they have committed, they will simply never get a second chance. Juvenile crime has already made obvious progress, “in the mid-1990s, violent juvenile crime declined, and it has continu...
Thus, the shifting perceptions of the justice system has transformed what it means to be a child and an adult due to their pervasive, and punitive approaches to crime and delinquency. Although adolescents today enjoy many new freedoms and greater time to experiment, those that don’t conform to “normative behaviors” and engage in socially constructed definitions of delinquency, often end up under the firm hands of the juvenile justice system. Despite the creation of this phase in an adolescent’s life, the injustices within the adult justice system have breached into the juvenile system, thus, blurring the lines of what it means to be an adolescent in modern times. Thereby, the adolescent stage is constantly being manipulated to conform and match the social construction of crime and delinquency, and the rise in the practice of trying juveniles as adults within the court system and mandating life sentences is evidence of this
Moreover, it should be noted that juveniles don’t get tried by a jury in juvenile court, which is a distinct difference from that of the adult system (Butts and Mitchell, 2000). Rather, the judge hears the evidence in question and issues a ruling accordingly. From this point, the court decides what to do. While the goal in adult court is punishment and then rehabilitation during that period, the sole focus in juvenile court is rehabilitation (Butts and Mitchell, 2000). Therefore, juvenile sentences tend to focus on those things that can aid in this rehab process, versus simply keeping the individual in question detained. The reason that the juvenile courts focus so heavily on rehabilitation is the age of the offender and the fact that the underlying cause of juvenile criminal issues can often be more easily addressed in their still impressionable states than
That’s why we don’t permit 15-year-olds to drink, drive, vote or join the military” (qtd. in Billitteri). There is adolescent-development research according to Hambrick, J. and Ellem, J that has shown “children do not possess the same capacity as adults to think thru the consequences of their behaviors, control their responses or avoid peer pressure” (qtd. in Lyons). There are some very good points made in the argument against sentencing youth as adults but I still have a hard time agreeing with peer pressure or impulse control as a reason to be held in a juvenile center for less than a few years for murder. Ryan, L. uses the example of a report released by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention on “Juvenile Transfer Laws : An Effective Deterrent to Delinquency?” This report found that prosecuting youths as adults has little or no effect on juvenile crime.” She uses this information and backs it up with the report showing “youths prosecuted as adults are more likely to re-offend than youths handled in the juvenile justice system” (qtd. in Katel). This is definitely a new perspective, but I still stand with my first take on the subject. “We know young people can commit serious crimes, and the consequences are no less tragic” (qtd in
With an adult punishment the children are sentenced to life in a prison. Minors seek safety and buddy off with inmates and soon after being around their "friends" too long the bad habits soon rub off. After peer pressure of the inmates the minors soon believe this is normal and okay, leaving them to grow up with a bad perspective about life. "Prison is too Violent for Young Offenders" Gary Scott describes how mines soak up the negative influences, "Young prisoners are more susceptible to negative influences than adults." Even in school children often find friends no matter how they treat them. Friends make them feel comforted and safe in the harsh environment Children everywhere emulate the people they hangout with, in a prison the children
Overall, based on these research and module articles, it is shown that young teens’ brains are still physically changing and that is what makes them different from adults. They are most likely immature and act impulsively, but their brain development is still progressing into adulthood. That shows that young people are not really in control of their mindset, and are more prone to doing irrational things. Lastly, juveniles’ backgrounds should not make them tried as adults. The crimes they have committed are like adults, but it doesn’t mean they are automatically adults. These young inmates needed help and support and it is rehabilitation. These articles’ purpose is to demonstrate an logical argument to emphasize the issues of why juveniles should
A deep look into juveniles in adult prisons. Touch bases on several smaller issues that contribute to juveniles being in and effects of adult prisons. The United States Bureau of Prisons handles two hundred and thirty-nine juveniles and their average age is seventeen. Execution of juveniles, The United States is one of only six countries to execute juveniles. There are sixty-eight juveniles sitting on death row for crimes committed as juveniles. Forty-three of those inmates are minorities. People, who are too young to vote, drink alcohol, or drive are held to the same standard of responsibility as adults. In prisons, they argue that the juveniles become targets of older, more hardened criminals. Brian Stevenson, Director of the Alabama Capital Resource Center said, “We have totally given up in the idea of reform of rehabilitation for the very young. We are basically saying we will throw those kids away. Leading To Prison Juvenile Justice Bulletin Report shows that two-thirds of juveniles apprehended for violent offenses were released or put on probation. Only slightly more than one-third of youths charged with homicide was transferred to adult criminal court. Little more than one out of every one hundred New York youths arrested for muggings, beatings, rape and murder ended up in a correctional institution. Another report showed a delinquent boy has to be arrested on average thirteen times before the court will act more restrictive than probation. Laws began changing as early as 1978 in New York to try juveniles over 12 who commit violent crimes as adults did. However, even since the laws changed only twenty percent of serious offenders served any time. The decision of whether to waive a juven...
The United States has been affected by a number of crimes committed by juveniles. The juvenile crime rate has been increasing in recent years. Everyday more juveniles commit crimes for various reasons. They act as adults when they are not officially adults. There is a discussion about how juveniles should be punished if they commit heinous crimes. While many argue that juveniles who commit serious crimes, such as murder, should be treated as adults, the fact is, juveniles under the age of eighteen, are not adults, and should not be treated as such.
In today’s generation there are many children and teens that commit crimes to satisfy their self being. Every day we see in the news about the reasons why children or teens commit crimes like murder or homicide. Sentencing juveniles to life in prison is not a right response to prevent homicide and serious murder, because their brains are not fully develop and the bad environment they live in. Teenagers or children need to be remain unformed of preventing crimes in today’s society. With this said, juvenile’s mental brains, backgrounds and growth are the reasons why they are not proficient to maintain themselves in a prison cell.