Prosecuting Juveniles as an Adult

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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.
Once a young person commits a crime they are considered a juvenile delinquent. Giving a teen a name based on mistakes they have made, instead of showing them right from wrong is asinine. The consequences to a teen’s action molds them into the adult they will soon turned out to be. This could create a strong leader, or a convicted criminal. A jail cell is a kennel for a destructive animal. Putting a baby animal in a kennel only gives them more room to grow into the vicious creature society claims it to be.
Being punished should never be a torture method, no one should have to suffer for making mistakes. A punishment should be a learning experience. A time to think about the reasons why the mistake was made and come to the decision to not make them again. Accept the fact wrong and want to change for the better.
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...

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