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.
Although some argue that juveniles are well served in these courts, it is in the best interest of society that juvenile offenders be tried and prosecuted as adults. Juveniles should be held fully responsible for the crimes they commit because even though they are young, juveniles have the ability to distinguish between right and wrong when choosing to commit a crime. Trying juveniles as adults ensures a strict punishment, vindication for the victim, and the re-establishment of order and protection for society. Psychologists say that a child's values and morals are permanently set by the time they reach the age of 5. Once juveniles have reached the legal juvenile age, they should not of problems discerning between right and wrong.
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.
“If it is not the biggest scandal in American legal history, many are calling it at least the darkest day for the country’s troubled juvenile-justice system” (Ken Stier). Since the juvenile justice court started, many people thought that juveniles should be trial as an adults. In 1990’s the juvenile that broke the law were treated like adults offenders. Juvenile that commit crimes are more likely to get away from the charges due to that their brains are not fully developed. Due to the facts and evidence that United States have done on juvenile, in addition juveniles should be trial as an adult and do their time for the crime they committed.
Juveniles should be held until their court date or bond release just li... ... middle of paper ... ...all over the world should be tried as an adult because a crime is a crime no matter who committed and what age. If the judge dismiss the juveniles of the charges because of age, they will most likely commit even worse crimes later on. They will have a record that follows them for the rest of their life with them being charged as an adult it should prevent them to have access to weapons such as knives, and other registered weapons. Keeping juveniles and other suspects that participates in criminal activities off the street would make the world a better place to be. Also it will lower the crime rate over the United States.
You may be thinking, “Why is this teen being tried as adult, he is just a kid?” While he is “just a kid”, and this is a widely held opinion, but it is not mine. Should minors who commit violent crimes be tried as adults? Absolutely. Just because minors are young they do have the ability to know what is right from wrong. Since these minors have committed the crime, they need to be held accountable.
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
This theory means to punish the offenders in the system. A crime is a crime and for that reason Juveniles who commit violent crimes should be tried in the same way as older adults. If minors who commit violent crimes were tried as adults and punished the same as adults, the number of violent crimes devoted by minorities would decline. The drop that occurred in most of the U.S. during the past decade resembles with the fact that most states now permit minors to be tried as adults for violent crimes and all states have a procedure for transferring juveniles to the adult criminal system. Some of the transfers to adult court even occur automatically based on the juvenile’s age and crime.
Therefore, teenagers should be held accountable for their actions and tried as adults because these violent crimes are premeditated, against the law, and if a teenager has the mental capability to plan a violent crime, they should have the mental capability to acknowledge the consequences of the crime. Premeditation is something that is thought and/or planned out ahead of time. Most violent crimes that are still happening today are no accident, which is why defendants should be held accountable therefore tried as adults for their mistakes.In terms of premeditation, a violent crime must have the specific intent to hurt another individual. I stand by my perspective, if these teenagers could be so cruel and commit such a violent crime, they should be tried as an adult. If a defendant commits a violent crime and does not get taken serious and/or tried as an adult, others are going to Cota 2 believe that it is going to be “brushed off” if they follow the defendants footsteps.
Youthful offenders have a reason for the crimes they have committed. Past life trauma is one of the most common causes for youthful offenders to stand in a criminal court. But the big guys seem to not understand the development of children/teenagers are going through. No matter how critical the crime has appeared, everyone should stop for one second and stand in their shoes. Up until today, youthful offenders, no matter how young they are, they are being treated as adults.