The film “When Kids Get Life” directed by Ofra Bikel shows the cases of several teenagers who got sentenced to life without parole. One of the kids is Andrew Medina. He was fifteen when it happened. He was charged for felony murder, even though it was never completely clear who was the one who killed17-year-old Kristopher Lohrmeyer. “Two of the other suspects made deals with the prosecutor, pleading
The reporter states, “A 14-year-old followed a woman from her 30th birthday party, poked her in the rib cage with a chrome revolver and forced her into an alley, where he asked if she wanted to die on her birthday. Then he raped her”. (Warren) Another statement from the reporter was, “After his arrest in October in this case and another South Memphis sex crime against a different woman held at gunpoint, the teen mocked police, saying he wasn’t worried about his punishment because of his age”. (Warren) Not only does this show he is a repeat offender but this also shows he had full intent of the crime he was committing. Imagine the victims of this crime; they are more than likely going to carry this around with them for years.
Jordan Brown is a juvenile offender who was charged with the death of his Father’s pregnant fiancée and her unborn son. In Pennsylvania, 2009, Brown was taken to court and found guilty. Because he was under 12 years old, he was sent to a juvenile facility rather than an adult prison. Due to Roper (a law that prevents juveniles from being sentenced to the death penalty), his life was spared. The question as to how to sentence juvenile offenders still has many different answers.
The proposition gave life sentences for home robberies, car theft, and drive-by shootings, recruiting for gang activities, and required juveniles of the age 14 and older to be tried as adults for murder or specified sex offenses. Now states are questioning whether youth offenders should be tried as adults or as juveniles. Some believe the juveniles are old enough to know of the consequences of their actions and should be punished accordingly. Others believe children have not yet fully developed their brain to understand the consequences of their actions. In the documentary, “Juvies”, a thirteen year old girl was sentenced to 30 years in prison for driving gang members that killed an innocent bystander.
America is seeing a true problem when it comes to the punishment of certain teens. Everything is completely out of control and needs to be set back to help others and make things better rather than continue this riot. Teens deserve to be punished for the things they do. It isn’t fair to let them get by with things such as murder. Works Cited “Should juveniles be tried as adults?” Cliff Notes.
These three boys attempted a harsh felony, second degr... ... middle of paper ... ...uveniles once they decide to make adult choices and act as one. To sum up, we can not accurately put a label on someone and call them an adult. Many people assume that because these ‘kids’ are under 18 they deserve special treatments. Wrong, do not let age blind you from the crime which was committed. These juveniles deserve the punishment which is thrown at them, they do not deserve an opportunity to get away with it and be happy, while the victim and or family is left to suffer.
Every day in the news there are stories about children killing other children. An eight year old finds his parents gun, shoots and kills his little sister. The boy will not be charged with murder because he is too young to be held accountable. A teenage girl breaks up with her sixteen-year-old boyfriend. He does not want to break up so he rapes and slits her throat.
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.
Growing up there was a family up the road that we all considered a little strange and even scared to go around. When we became adults the oldest son and his wife was arrested and charged with over ten counts of molestation of a juvenile and aggravated rape of a juvenile. The children next door to them and their own children were the victims. It is suspected that the father of this family and the other son was also involved but this was never proven. The couple only served a few years in prison the wife was released first and the husband a couple years later.
Perfect Evidence is an episode of the weekly radio program This American Life focusing on the theme of DNA evidence. The program starts out with the story of four innocent teenagers who served fifteen years in prison for murder and concludes by recounting how legal police procedures manipulated a fourteen-year-old into falsely confessing to the murder of his sister. In both cases, the introduction of DNA evidence years later proved the innocence of all wrongfully convicted parties. In 1986 police arrested four teenagers, Larry Ollins, Omar Saunders, and cousins Marcellius and Calvin Bradford, in connection with the rape and murder of Lori Roscetti. The young men faced the double bias of being black and having minor criminal records.