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.
Others, like Vincent Schiraldi and Jason Ziedenberg, believe that the transfer of kids "into adult court is unnecessary, harmful and racist" (Kelly, 2010, Lecture Unit 3). While reforming the system may seem like the best idea, there are certain factors that inhibit proper changes from being made. Creating a separate court system for juveniles has caused a number of consequences for youth. The original concept behind the juvenile court system was an emphasis on rehabilitation rather than punishment. It was supposed to provide a means of protecting the child from the harshness of the adult court, which emphasized obtaining guilt and punishing the individual (Hickey, 2010).
To What Degree Does Society View Pedophilia As A Crime? Throughout the world, the protection of children is the main priority. When it comes to the United States, pedophiles are recognized as a threat to the wellbeing of kids of ages of 13 and under. Pedophilia is a mental disorder that can be treated; however, there is no cure for it. This means that pedophiles could be aided in a manner that protects both the pedophile and the youth.
Juveniles should be given light sentences and a second chance to return to the streets. Trying these teens as adults unjust and unfair, there other alternatives that our society can turn to, to help make our communities better places to live. We need to realize that children are our future, and we throwing their future away. We also need to ask ourselves if we should possibly be punishing these kids for not having stability in our homes, which is not their fault. Growing up in America today can be a very traumatic experience facing many pressures and trials.
Also considered how much bullying and peer pressure plays a role in the actions of juveniles. These factors have to be further investigated before an educated decision can be made on the pros and cons of the trial of a juvenile in an adult court. According to Author Gail Garinger, she agrees that when the Supreme Court cut off the death penalty among juveniles they recognize that there is a loophole in the system and that it must be corrected. Inflicting the death penalty will not help deter juveniles from committing such crimes. Author Paul Thompson also believes that juveniles cannot be tried as adults as they have not fully develop mentally to make decisions or understand the brutality of their actions.
The government has made an attempt to reduce crime by funding programs such as prevention and intervention for youth at risk , as well as rehabilitation for prisoners that will be released. Some argue that criminal behavior is due to environment, others believe that it is genetic, and yet others think that it has to do with personality. If there were certain personality traits that could be identified with potential criminal behavior, steps could be taken to try to reduce or diminish the “criminal personality”. Although personality is not the only factor in criminal behavior, there does seem to be a strong association between the both. Alfred Adler believed that children who failed to solve the vital problem of social interest-who lack cooperation and a desire for contributing to the well-being of others-will always meet significant problems later, during their adult years (Adler, 1998).
Their brains develop in different stages and they learn skills that they need to learn at certain time. In the article “Juveniles Don’t Deserve Life Sentences”, by Garinger, she argues that juveniles should not be treated as adults if they commit horrible crimes. Garinger states that juveniles should not be sentenced to life in prison without parole. She states that the court is considering life in prison without parole for juveniles who commit capital crimes. Garinger says that juveniles are immature, and still developing, so they can not be held to the same standards as adults.
It will banish the child and not give them an expression that is places with peers, hard work and time could promote a positive change in the child. The sentence could tell the child as well as society that this child will be rejected and there is no hope they may change their life. So then what do you expect from the child once released into the world, after being held in jail with adults for the entire life there punishment must be appropriate to the age and legal status in order for the punishment to fit the crime and age for rehabilitation. I don’t question the right of society for justice against a child that committed murder. But we have to think about the child and what we will put back in to
This sense of mutual responsibility and equality before the law must rule out a person from malicious mischief; otherwise they must be ready for suffering. The differences in punishment measures for different categories of offenders who commit the same crime undermine the system of social order and justice. Why should some offenders get second chance and escape punishment? Who will give a second chance to their victims? In order to make today children incapable of co... ... middle of paper ... ...ce is very dubious about its rehabilitative function.
Silvio Carrillo says, “Minors who commit serious crimes because they do not recognize the value of life should be subject to the same punishment that adults are.” There is no excuse to why these juveniles should be committing such crime in the first place, much less not being properly punished for them. “It’s not about giving children second chances. It’s about making them responsible for their actions”, says Estudillo. As the system is now, minors believe that until they reach a certain age, the law does not apply to them. The juvenile system has begun to crack down on juvenile offenders.