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Juveniles Must Accept Responsibility

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Juveniles Must Accept Responsibility

Are juveniles as under control today as they were in the past? Crime plays a major role in today’s society. The government follows the policy and has always followed the policy that no crime goes unpunished. The controversy that surrounds the United States courtrooms today is whether or not a minor needs to stand trial as an adult for committing a serious offense. These decisions made by the judge or jury in the preliminary hearing affect the rest of the suspects life. The opposing argument to the issue of juveniles being tried as adults remains that the minor is too young and immature to understand the consequences of what he or she did wrong. Juveniles need to be punished according to the severity of the crime in which they committed. Ultimately, juveniles should stand trial as adults.

The opposition believes that holding court cases where juveniles remain tried as adults undoubtedly violates the rights of the juvenile. Initially, the age of a person when the alleged crime occurred decides whether or not he or she will be tried as a juvenile. “Definitions of who is a juvenile vary for different purposes within individual states as well as among different states” (Rosenheim 36). Children, ages seven to seventeen, who are suspected of crime, must be treated as children in need of guidance and encouragement, and not as vicious criminals (Emerson 6). Also, the opposition feels that the juvenile cannot accept full responsibility for his or her actions. Some people insist that each minor who committed a crime was influenced in some way or another (Emerson 8). Not only does the opposition believe that the minor was influenced, but they also believe that the juvenile was not able to control his or herself (Emerson 8). In addition, juveniles have not yet reached the necessary maturity level to share a prison amongst other adults. Minors, isolated for punishment, do not deserve this radical treatment (Staff Report C13). Numerous lawsuits are filed annually to fight the improper incarceration of juveniles who were tried as adults (Staff Report C13). Most importantly, courts must not rely on prosecutors to prove that a child knew whether or not that the crime committed was right or wrong. “The court is exhorted to treat children brought before it with the same kind of care, custody, and discipline that they would receive ...

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II. Violates the rights of the juvenile

A. Age

1. (Rosenheim 36)

2. (Emerson 6)

B. Responsibility

1. (Emerson 8)

2. (Emerson 8)

C. Maturity

1. (Staff Report C13)

2. (Staff Rreport C13)

D. Prosecutors try to prove innosence or guilt

1. (Emerson 6)

2. (Fox 20)

III. Juvenile Crime has increased

A. Back up what system stands for

1. (Stapleton 117)

2. (Snyder 3)

B. Threat to how judicial system is run

1. (Snyder 3)

2. (Snyder 3)

C. Neglect time from adult court

1. (McPolin A8)

2. (Stapleton 119)

IV. Statistics that prove statement needs to be made

A. Lets juveniles off easy

1. (Howard C2)

2. (Howard C2)

B. Minors slip through the system

1. (Snyder 1)

2. (Snyder 2)

C. Curb crimes committed

1. (Austin 25)

2. (Austin 25)

V. Age

A. Past experiences

1. (Gehrke/Branch B6)

2. (Howard C2)

B. Take crime for granted

1.(Fox 14)

2. (Stapleton 67)

C. No preferential treatment

1. (McPolin A8)

2. (Rosenheim 47)

VI. Impact on society

A. Voices itself often

1. (Gehrke/Branch B6)

2. (Emerson 11)

B. Takes advantage of minors

1. (McPolin A8)

2. (Emerson 11)

C. Inside the courtroom

1. (Gehrke/Branch B6)

2. (Gehrke/Branch B6)

VII. Conclusion
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