There are numerous critics of the juvenile justice system, and while most of their denunciations remain the same as those of the justice system at large, an ample portion of their criticisms revolve around the claim that incarcerating young people not only doesn’t work in deterring or rehabilitating them, but makes them worse and leads to adult misconduct. A report noted that youth sent to juvenile prison were 37 times more likely to be arrested as adults (Szalavitz, 2009). Another major problem some cite with the juvenile justice system is that most delinquent offends have some form of mental illness, and that while studies have shown that mental health treatment would be a better alternative, they are simply ignored or incarcerated (Ramirez, 2008), completely contradictory to the core values of the juvenile justice system which stresses rehabilitation and restitution above all else. Nevertheless, it is obvious that there are flaws in the system, and how glaringly obvious they may be depends on ones’ perception. A host of various cases show that the state of juvenile justice does not match up with current times and circumstances that differ from the time the system was set in place.
Many believe that it isn’t fair for the teens to be locked up with adults. The U.S. House of Representatives made the Juvenile Justice Act encouraging states to find alternatives to having the teens go through such a process with people much older than themselves (Locked Up…). Holden 6 Ma... ... middle of paper ... ...hey commit certain crimes. The justice systems of America are becoming completely unjust and easy to break through. America is seeing a true problem when it comes to the punishment of certain teens.
When committing a crime as a juvenile certain things should be considered when it comes to their punishment. Such as, where did they come from, has he or s... ... middle of paper ... ...d 5 Reasons Teenagers Act the Way They Do. (n.d.). Retrieved April 23, 2014, from http://mentalfloss.com/article/29895/5-reasons-teenagers-act-way-they-do Nellis, Ashley. The Lives of Juvenile Lifers: Findings from a National Survey.
Assessing the consequences of our country’s soaring imprison rates has less to do with the question of guilt versus innocence than it does with the question of who among us truly deserves to go to prison and face the restrictive and sometimes brutally repressive conditions found there. We are adding more than one thousand prisoners to our prison and jail systems every single week. The number of women in prisons and jails has reached a sad new milestone. As women become entangled with the war on drugs, the number in prison has increased if not double the rate of incarceration for men. The impact of their incarceration devastates thousands of children, who lose their primary caregiver when Mom goes to prison.
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. Maximum-security prisons are prisons where all prisoners have individual cells. The prisoners are restrained to staying in their cell for 23 hours most of the time. This sounds ridiculous for juveniles especially if they are under the age of 14. Scott adds that: This happens even though courts have said that juveniles are different from adults and in some situations must be treated differently.
It is unfair for American children to know that though they can be innocent, they are treated as adults when they turn thirteen in some states. Although children have to learn the difference between what is right and wrong in their first years of life, most of them do not have enough experience to show that they are capable of living within society independently. Nonetheless, when they commit a serious crime-accidentally or purposely, the state mandate allows the judicatures to try them as an adult. There is a flaw here because they do not have a set personality, nor they can readily understand how humans abide by the law, nor do they have the cognitive ability to understand how to live in society. This paper will argue that the idea of trying children for their crimes in the United States as an adult is too extreme.
Another reason why I think juvenile offenders should not be tried as adults is because many of these juveniles come from an unfit home that can lead them to call out for attention by committing a crime and see if anyone would care. For example, my friend was very young when she started to display bad behaviors to call out for her parents ... ... middle of paper ... ...hange their lives forever. I think juvenile offenders should not be sentence nor tried as adults. Let’s also consider the lack of maturity in these juvenile offenders and let’s ponder that their mental capacity is still developing. Nevertheless, let’s not forget how an unfit, abusive, and peer pressure can influences them to commit a crime without thinking.
That is 12,000 rapes per year “which exceeds the annual number of reported rapes in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York combined” (Daniel Brook). The lack of reported rape cases is due to guard’s “deliberate indifference” (Brook) and the humiliation that comes with rape. “For males, it’s the ultimate humiliation and that silences most of us” said Tom Cahill, who was raped in a San Antonio jail. Rape cases in prison are brought to corrections officials to handle instead of local district attorneys. Therefore, when inmates pres... ... middle of paper ... ...assault in prisons.