A juvenile commits a crime for the attention and bad boy reputation. Personally, my opinion of this in fact, the more severe punishment a juvenile receives is a better chance they learn their lesson. Juvenile sentencing is a joke. There is no way an easy sentence changes any juvenile’s mind to commit a crime, instead, they just take advantage of it. Whether or not it sounds right, young teenagers are just as dangerous as adults when it ... ... middle of paper ... ... best way to settle this problem is to treat young criminals as they deserve to be treated; like adults.
Many young teen are being let away for the crime they commit and should not be that way just because their loosing brain tissue does not mean they do not realize what they are doing that moment. “Under Prop 21, probation departments do not have the discretion to determine if juveniles arrested for any one of more than 30 specific serious or violent crimes should be released or detained; rather, Prop 21 makes detention mandatory under those defined... ... middle of paper ... ...d States, juveniles charged with violent felonies ought to be treated as adults in the criminal justice system” (Maxwell). In the criminal justice system everyone has the right to be treated equally regardless the age they have. This society that were living in believes many juveniles offender are being treated differently regard to what age are the juveniles and there brain is not fully developed is injustice the court of law has the right to treat the juveniles the same way as a adult. There should be a reaction or action against the juvenile that commit certain types of crimes they should further receive their punishment for what they done and tried as adults.
If the juvenile offender were to be treated as an adult for a serious crime, their friends may get the message that they too will pay the time for committing the crime. With this type of system, the juveniles would now realize that it is working against them instead of in their fav... ... middle of paper ... ...a “serious” crime. Is a 17 year old too young to know what he or she is doing while committing the crime? If there were mental issues involved then it would be a different story, but for an average 17-year-old to commit what the law considers an “adult crime”, then they should be sentenced as one. Silvio Carrillo says, “Minors who commit serious crimes because they do not recognize the value of life should be subject to the same punishment that adults are.” There is no excuse to why these juveniles should be committing such crime in the first place, much less not being properly punished for them.
Up until today, there has been an increment of youthful offenders being cased in criminal courts for usage of weapons. The physical and mental suffrage a youthful offender has gone through in the past, are leading factors that cause them to commit crimes. But when they are taken to be cased at a criminal court, their lives are put in danger to all dangerous risk factors. Youthful offenders get treated as adults when they have committed a crime and are sentenced for years depending on their case. Therefore, the criminal courts will not see the consequences when they put youthful offenders in adult prisons.
Some of the transfers to adult court even occur automatically based on the juvenile’s age and crime. However, since this is ruled by individual states, there is no reliability to which juveniles get transferred and for what crime. In general, however, violent crimes will decrease if a tougher penalty is assessed based on the juvenile being tried in adult court. The relocation to adult court whether it is automatic or requires legal review should be available altogether cases of violent crimes committed by people in their young years. If these teenagers are committing... ... middle of paper ... ...re as runaways or thieves.
Equal Punishment for Adults and Juveniles As more minors are committing violent crimes, the question of whether they should be tried as adults has arisen. Children as young as 13 or 14 are committing violent crimes such as murder, rape, and armed robbery. Some of these children are being tried as adults while others are being tried as juveniles and receiving milder punishments. A juvenile offender may receive a few years in a juvenile detention facility and possibly probation following his release at age eighteen. An adult committing the same violent crime will receive a much harsher penalty, often years in jail, possibly a life sentence, with little or no chance of parole.
If the juvenile gets sent to a juvenile detention center for murder they will live their lives there until they are twenty one, but if tried as an adult they will serve so many years in prison. There is a grey area of law for certain teens that commit serious crimes. In this case of the grey law, each state gets to decide upon the particular state how they person is tried. For most cases pertaining to the juvenile courts are case by case bases. Many believe that it isn’t fair for the teens to be locked up with adults.
However, juveniles are committing violent crimes because they believe their age will get them off easy. “In order to provide justice to victims and their families and to prevent more and more juveniles from committing violent crimes, the United states must hold criminals accountable; regardless of their age, and impose a tough punishment system. To that end, juveniles should sometimes be tried as an adult.”(Mary). This shows juveniles are manipulating the justice system, and in fact old enough to take responsibility for the crimes they commit. In today society.
For example, teens that are detained can provide information about other crimes, can have an impact in social conditions, and serve as experience; however, it can be negative because teens are still not mature enough for that experience, they are exposed to adult criminals; and they will lose out on getting an education. One of the advantages of detaining teens as adults is that they are taken into custody and questioned for information about any other clubs or gangs with whom they might be involved. There are some programs trying to track down gangs; on of these is the National Gang Center (NGC). “The NGC is the first gang survey in the country that annually catch an average of 300 gang members from teen evidence.” (Howell, 52) Having programs and organizations like this has helped a lot by putting criminals behind bars and straightening them out. Another positive thing about trying juveniles as adults is that those juveniles are taken from their neighborhood, and by doing this it opens the eyes of other teens who are around watching everything that happens.
Juveniles that commit heinous and malicious crimes should be tried as adults, as long as they have the understanding of what is right and wrong (Juvenile Justice 2008). If a juvenile wants to commit an adult crime, they should have to pay adult time. Many minors feel that they can commit these adult crimes because they feel that they will only be charged with a juvenile