Pros And Cons Of Juvenile Delinquency

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A life changing day in March when Sherry West goes out for a walk with her baby without knowing that it was the last time she will ever see her son again. Sherry crossed a deadly path when she encountered Elkins and his accomplice. Elkins pulled out a gun and demanded her purse. Then Sherry refused by saying she didn't have any money and tried to protect her child. Then Elkins threatened her and the baby and counted down from five when he shot Sherry's leg and the baby. He shot right between the baby's eyes. In court, the grieving mother expressed her feelings by stating, "The love of my life was taken away, far away. All I can do is cry and wonder when I'm going to die." She also read a heart breaking statement on the witness stand by explaining how she will never hear his first word or see him walk. Elkins a seventeen year old boy showed no emotion and stood silent when he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. The punishment that the juvenile received was necessary due to the actions he committed. A punishment should imply for any juvenile who commits a serious crime.
Juvenile crime or juvenile delinquency is participation in illegal behavior by teenagers who are under the age of eighteen. In several cases, teenagers can be tried as adults; there are many different opinions about teenagers being sent to jail. Many believe that teens shouldn't be tried as adults. In the other hand, others believe that teens who committed serious crimes should be tried as adults. It is true that teens sent to an adult prison disciplines them. There are many cases that involve murders, rapists, and other criminals that are being released from trials without being tried as an adult. Teenagers should be able to know the difference ...

... middle of paper ... jail for a long period of time may lead them into becoming better criminals. Anna Aizer of Brown University and Joseph Doyle of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology researched and compared lives of imprisoned teenagers and non-imprisoned, and how it affected them in life. In their research they found out that young offenders who were incarcerated were sixty-seven percent more likely to be in jail by the age of 25 than similar young offenders who didn't go to prison. They also found that young convicts were most likely to commit homicide (Beauchamp 6-12). Although, for many teenagers who go to jail help them open their eyes and realize that they have to become a better person. That if they continue to commit bad actions, they're going to get punished. Children and teenagers realize that they can tried as adults and they think before going on their instinct.
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