Trying Juveniles as an adult- The right thing to do “Many people in the world believe juveniles are mentally conscious of their actions’’. Possibly knowing right from wrong; they should be punished as an adult. Often times crimes they commit affects and hurt the families of their victims. I strongly believe juvenile offenders should be charged as an adult despite their age.
Multiple surveys have proven that 65% of the most ridiculous mistakes made by an adult were made in their teenage years. Adolescents are known to make mistakes, but when punished correctly, instead of repeating, they learn. Most people believe the harsher the punishment the less likely a child will act out again, but through research and analysis of the brain this was proven to not be true. When a teenager goes as far as committing a crime, judgement should still be based on the fact that he or she is still a minor. As a juvenile, doing something wrong , no matter the severity, should be resulted in a punishment that requires them to learn from their mistakes. Charging them as an adult does not have the same effect as sending away an adult to do jail time.
There is a great deal of controversy over the trying and sentencing of juvenile offenders today. Many will argue that because the severity of Juvenile crimes has risen, the severity of its consequences should rise; however, no matter how serious the crime is, juvenile offenders tried as adults receive far worse than they deserve. The majority of Juveniles tried as adults are hardly given any form of human rights. 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.
Guilty! As the gavel hits the sound block, everyone is amazed at the verdict. This teenage boy is sentenced to a life in prison without parole. As you read this in newspapers, magazines, and even online, what goes through your head? 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. If a minor has acted as an adult, they need to be treated like adults. Lastly, minors need to know that their actions have consequences, no matter what age.
“The Justice Department estimates that about 10 percent of all homicides are committed by juveniles under the age of 18. Nearly every year, the FBI arrests more than 33,000 young adults under the age of 18 for offenses,” states Huma Khan in the article “Juvenile Justice: Too Young for Life in Prison?”This leaves us the question: Should juveniles be tried as adults? Juveniles should not be tried as adults because kids are not adults. “Like many states, California allows youth offenders as young as 14 to be transferred from the juvenile system to adult courts. From there, most of the teenagers who are tried as adults and sentenced to life in adult institutions are placed in Level 4 maximum-security prisons that are extremely violent,” according to “Prison Is Too Violent for Young Offenders” by Gary Scott.
As humans we hold a sentimental value to life. For adolescents, life is a new confusing, exciting, and stressful. Many youths have barely learned what it is like to live yet. Many people under the age of 18 choose to live a life of recklessness and instability, choosing not to reconsider their actions not realizing the consequences. So when people at a young age make a mistake, they are forced to live with their mistake for life; the juvenile system then chooses to try young juvenile delinquents as adults sentencing them behind bars with no option of parole. The courts in many states tend to agree with these ruling saying it is justice, but it is really a fair concept? Children can ultimately commit serious and dangerous crimes, but sentencing a child should not be done in a way that holds a child with the same accountability as adults. Sentencing anyone who is under the age of 18 should be considered cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of the 8th amendment. Youths also do not have the same mental capacity as adults do, youths tend to have impulsive and irrational behavior with...
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.
Juveniles should be charged as adults Imagine a world full of criminals; every day a robbery and innocent people fearing for their lives, now imagine what you think the criminals would look like, older people? No, these criminals are juveniles. If we don’t try these juveniles as adults and charge them with adult sentences this is what will surely happen. We, the U.S., must try juveniles as adults, certainly, it may be cruel and they may be treated as teens when the discussion is alcohol and other things, but if they don’t get tried and sentenced as adults, the U.S. will become a land of criminals in a blink of an eye. There are even some positives for trying them as adults.
Every day violent crimes are being committed in the Unites States by juveniles, between the ages of twelve and fifteen, and are tried for these crimes in juvenile courts. The juveniles are being prosecuted in a juvenile court and are receiving a lesser sentence, than an adult for the violent crimes. Some people believe that teens should not be tried as an adult and should just be tried as a juvenile. Juveniles should be tried as an adult, in an adult court, when they are charged with a murder, a sexual offense, and having been previously tried and convicted of two prior offenses.
The United States has been affected by a number of crimes committed by juveniles. The juvenile crime rate has been increasing in recent years. Everyday more juveniles commit crimes for various reasons. They act as adults when they are not officially adults. There is a discussion about how juveniles should be punished if they commit heinous crimes. While many argue that juveniles who commit serious crimes, such as murder, should be treated as adults, the fact is, juveniles under the age of eighteen, are not adults, and should not be treated as such.