Recently, they have come to the conclusion that children between the ages of 16 and 18 who commit adult crimes should be tried and sentenced as adults. After researching information and cases of minors being tried as adults, I have concluded that if minor offenders were punished in the same degree as adult offenders are, the number of minors committing crimes might be reduced significantly. While it is not appropriate for these individuals to be placed in the same facilities as adult offenders, they should receive the same degree of punishment in a younger environment. These perpetrators are protected by a lenient and highly outdated juvenile system and violent youths have taken advantage of this system. In some jurisdictions, a child may have to commit 10 to 15 serious crimes before anything is actually done.
Every year, in the U.S alone, approximately over five hundred thousand violent crimes are committed. In 2008, seventy-three thousand of these violent crimes were committed by juveniles. When you hear about murderers, rapists, and other criminals, automatically, your mind set wants these criminals sentenced to prison for a very long time. There is no second guessing when it comes to these extreme criminals, they should be punished for the severe crimes committed. Now, lets say the criminal was a fifteen year old, suddenly people begin to question if giving them the same sentencing as an “adult” would be appropriate.
The Supreme Court has held that executing 16- and 17-year-old offenders does not violate the Constitution. The Court has not openly and fervently endorsed the death penalty for juvenile offenders. The juvenile death penalty rate is declining, but it needs to be abolished. Adolescents who commit murder should suffer consequences since they are old enough to know right from wrong. Most, however, are unable to understand the total repercussions of their acts on themselves or their victims.
Jacob Roussel Mrs. Gallos English 3H 19 April 2016 Is the Death Penalty Inhumane? For centuries the death penalty has been used to end a criminal’s life, or to strike fear into criminals hearts. Today, North America is one of the few remaining countries who still enforce the death penalty, and it has people talking. Is it still necessary to enforce the death penalty or are we falling behind in a more peaceful time in the world? Some states in America are starting to ban the death penalty because they believe it is inhumane.
A study by the Death Penalty Information Center found that “executing the insane is unconstitutional; however, if an inmate's mental competency has been restored, he or she can then be executed (deathpenalty).” The time has come for us to accept the fact that executing mentally ill offenders is not beneficial to society for many reasons. Although some mentally ill criminals have broken the law, we need to have a federal law that mentally ill criminals shouldn’t be executed because it’s amoral to take away a life. According to the American Civil Liberties Union that works to protect human right, argued that mentally ill criminals should not be put to death. Evidence supports that many people, including judges and jurors, misunderstand mental illness, which can lead to a person without a clear understanding of right and wrong being put to death. The organization explained that mental illness is caused by disorders of the brain; The ACLU implores that the United States stop executing mentally ill offenders, which is in keeping most nations and international laws.
Painful, lengthy executions constitute violations of the 8th Amendment, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment” (“is the death”, 2008). To put is another way, the author is stating that even though an inmate may be paralyzed during a lethal inj... ... middle of paper ... ...nt offenders who live among us. Violent criminals who are awarded the death penalty are still humans in the end. Some view executing violent criminals as a form of justice and closure to the heinous crime committed, while others view this act as inhumane and a violation of rights. In the end let us remember one thing, only God should decide if we should stay on this Earth.
From 1930, the first year of which statistics are readily available from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, to 1967, 3,859 people were executed under civil jurisdiction in the United States. During this period of nearly half a century, over half (54%) of those executed were blacks, 45 percent were white, and the remaining one percent were members of other racial groups. The majority of those executed were men; 32 women were executed from 1930 to 1967. Three out of five executions during that period took place in the southern U.S. The state of Georgia had the highest number of executions during the period, totaling 366 ?
There are many reasons why children under the age of 18 should be tried as children, however, there are more proficient reasons as to why we should do away with juvenile court. Many of my peers do not think this, however, they are keen on keeping children tried as children. I truly cannot fathom the “good” that this is doing though. I believe that juvenile offenders should be trialed as adults because they were mature enough to make the decision to commit a crime, they need to be held responsible for their destructive actions, and statistics have shown that when given the chance, juvenile criminals do not complete the rehabilitation needed to enter back into society. The main reason most of my peers want children tried as children is for their safety.
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.
Although most argue that be sentenced to life in prison is an adequate punishment for murder, due to the fact that you lose all of your freedoms, I disagree. I mainly disagree because I think the only proper punishment for a murderer is to take away their life, just like they took away their victim’s life. This type of punishment can only come from capital punishment and it is a necessity to our society.