Another reason people think that disturbed youth cannot be saved is that punishment will not save them from themselves and they just need to be locked up forever. It is thought to be true that juveniles who are sent to jail will not commit the same crime again or even any crimes at all. All the reasons and opinions that say that juveniles should be sent to adult prisons for their heinous crimes seem logical. Despite this, they are not. There are more rational reasons why adolescents should be sent to their own private penitentiary.
Growing up in America today can be a very traumatic experience facing many pressures and trials. The youngest generation looks up to the teenagers for guidance but what kind of example are today's teenagers many concerned parents ask. There could be a much better example if the justice system did not let them get away with so many violent crimes. When a juvenile commits a crime he has a trial in a juvenile court. The basic idea behind the juvenile court is guardianship, the states acting for the welfare of children.
Juvenile crime has risen over the past years and has reached a height to where these young adults need help to return to what used to be a good, humble world where crime was a horrible action that no one would dare do. Young people have their whole life ahead of them and need to learn how to adapt themselves to a world where crime does exist but without themselves becoming a part of it. It is unimaginable how these children throw away their lives in a single action taken whether it is destructive to property or to other people. Although juveniles may not understand the severity of their crime, sentencing juveniles to mandatory life in prison is necessary because they have enough common knowledge to differentiate between right and wrong, the “underdeveloped mentality” is not yet proven to be true, and the victim’s family will never have their loved one near anymore; they will always be in pain. All children are raised in homes where they are taught the basic rules of life; the knowledge to differentiate between right and wrong.
“Out of all the juveniles, 32.1 percent of them in adult prisons reported being attacked with a weapon while being incarcerated. This could led to many juvenile deaths”(Bechtold). This fact is important because instead of being rehabilitated they are fighting for their lives. They come out thinking everyone is out to hurt them because of what they have endured during the time the have been in prison.Lisa Poliak, author of Teen Crime Adult Time Each Year, Thousands of Juvenile Offenders are Sent to Prison. Does the Practise Discourage Criminal Behavior- Or is it Cruel and Unusual Punishment?,did a case of a kid named Jason
While some children truly belong in prison, others deserve a second chance. In the end, we must all keep in mind that they are young children who are prone to making mistakes they didn’t mean. What I do agree with is that we must start to acknowledge the victim or the victim’s family in these cases, who seem to be lost within this debate. I also agree that we must fix the juvenile justice system so we don’t have to resort to adult prisons as our last resort, and so we have more criminals leaving their crimes in the past to create a better life. Despite this, I still believe that juvenile criminals don’t deserve life mandatory life
No. Most studies and statistics suggest that sending juveniles to adult prisons increases recidivism rates among those teens transferred. Jeffrey Fagan, who spearheaded an extens... ... middle of paper ... ... Responsibility must be instilled on these kids, and punishment must be administered, but dooming children to hard time is hardly justice. When kids perpetrate violence they must be punished, but these kids also deserve a second chance, and this country has the means to support that second chance. No 12-year-old should spend the rest of his or her life in jail; no 13-year-old should spend time in an adult prison; and no 14-year-old should be denied a reasonable chance to turn his or her life around.
Another reason why I think juvenile offenders should not be tried as adults is because many of these juveniles come from an unfit home that can lead them to call out for attention by committing a crime and see if anyone would care. For example, my friend was very young when she started to display bad behaviors to call out for her parents ... ... middle of paper ... ...hange their lives forever. I think juvenile offenders should not be sentence nor tried as adults. Let’s also consider the lack of maturity in these juvenile offenders and let’s ponder that their mental capacity is still developing. Nevertheless, let’s not forget how an unfit, abusive, and peer pressure can influences them to commit a crime without thinking.
This effect in divergent ways; psychologically and emotionally. On Thompson article introduces the case of Nathaniel Brazill, at age 14, he was charged second degree murder, trial as an adult and sentenced to life in prison without parole. After a serious research, it has shown that as many other juveniles who have committed a crime they are “far from adulthood”. As other experiments have been done, more statistics have find “a massive loss of brain tissues occurs in the teen years”, this supports his idea that brain lack of awareness due to the missing of important tissues. In another article “Adoles... ... middle of paper ... ...mentally”, as shown above, my claims are supported by this article.
Children facing such social disadvantages are most likely to commit crimes. Sentencing them may not be the solution since it adds more suffering than good for their lives. Instead of convicting them, the cause of them committing crimes should be established. That way, other children may be saved. However, lawmakers in the United States continue to turn a blind eye to human rights and social problems facing
Adult jails are not the environment children should have to experience, especially those sentenced for misdemeanors and nonviolent crimes. There are other solutions to reducing juvenile crime. It does not take adult court to straighten out kids on the wrong path. Most children are not even able to recognize that what they had done is wrong. There may be no perfect solution to reducing juvenile crime, but there are ways far more effective than adult trying and sentencing.