Juvenile punishments do not provide the harsh consequences juveniles deserve. There is a saying that compares children to adults. In this case, if juveniles want to act like adults, then they should be treated like adults. Whether or not it sounds right, young teenagers are just as dangerous as adults when it comes to crime. Juveniles only continue to commit serious crimes as they get older due to a light sentence, which they take advantage of.
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 These perpetrators are protected by a lenient and highly outdated juvenile system and violent youths have taken advantage of this system.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.
Espejo explains that those who break curfew laws may face penalties such as a fine, jail time, or a simple warning. The penalty is determined by the city or state just as is the age of those the law is applied to and the hour at which the law is applied (20). But teens are not the only people punished. Boyle argues that although most ... ... middle of paper ... ... adding a new law will not change anything. When teens are out after curfew, they are committing a crime, and therefore by default, adding to the list of juvenile criminals.
I think it starts from the family and how they were raised and what family members influenced them to criminal things. Not only do they learn that from family, but he or she could have picked things up like that from friends they have been around or maybe off television shows. Some juveniles are gang related and most crimes involves people losing their lives over it. Somehow, juveniles can maybe get it easier than someone that has already turned 18. Juveniles should be held until their court date or bond release just li... ... middle of paper ... ...all over the world should be tried as an adult because a crime is a crime no matter who committed and what age.
Due to the facts and evidence that United States have done on juvenile, in addition juveniles should be trial as an adult and do their time for the crime they committed. Many Americans agree that juvenile’s that commit highly crimes should be trial as an adult, and pay their consequences. “Juveniles fourteen years of age or older charged with committing certain types of murder or a series sex offense, under Prop 21, are generally no longer eligible for juvenile court and prosecutors are allowed to directly file charges against juvenile offenders in adult court...” (California Proposition 21). Under many circumstances juvenile at a very young age are committing certain types of crimes, and should be trial as an adult just because their teenagers committing crimes does not mean they did not know what they did. Many young teen are being let away for the crime they commit and should not be that way just because their loosing brain tissue does not mean they do not realize what they are doing that moment.
Most Americans believe that juveniles who show early signs of deviant acts are not a big deal, however if we try and help those juveniles, we can possibly stop them from committing homicidal acts when they get older. In fact the social learning theory, general strain theory, and social control theory point to the idea that juvenile homicide can be prevented. General Statistics Before learning about why juveniles commit homicide, who the juvenile homicide offenders are, and what causes juvenile homicide, it is crucial to understand the basic statistics of juvenile homicide in the United States. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, in 1993 there was the largest number of juvenile homicide offenders being 14.4 per 100,000 juvenile United States citizens. Since then, the number of juvenile homicide offenders started to decline until it was the lowest in 2004 where it was 77% less than the 1993 peak (still was at 3.2 per 100,000 citizens) (Stastical Briefing Book, 2010).
Trying Juveniles as an adult- The right thing to do “Many people in the world believe juveniles are mentally conscious of their actions’’. Possibly knowing right from wrong; they should be punished as an adult. Often times crimes they commit affects and hurt the families of their victims. I strongly believe juvenile offenders should be charged as an adult despite their age. The Justice Department estimates that about 10 percent of all homicides are committed by juveniles under the age of 18.
The adult justice system focuses on punishment, which does not emphasize sending convicts down the right path once, or if, they are released. Juveniles commit sixteen percent of violent crimes that lead to an arrest. Even though sixteen percent is a small number, these crimes still need to be punished using a proper system. In Maryland, judges can waive the juvenile court jurisdiction for any crime that occurs if the juvenile is over fifteen. The judge can waive juvenile court jurisdiction for any capital crime as long the juvenile is seven or older.
When teens are being tried as adults, we do not only think of their families, we think about the safety of our community. Even if a teenager did not know it was wrong, it does not mean that it was right. All in all, there should be no pity for these teenagers who commit such gruesome, violent crimes. Works Cited Kaiser, Emily. "6 Facts about Crime and the Adolescent Brain."
Up until today, there has been an increment of youthful offenders being cased in criminal courts for usage of weapons. The physical and mental suffrage a youthful offender has gone through in the past, are leading factors that cause them to commit crimes. But when they are taken to be cased at a criminal court, their lives are put in danger to all dangerous risk factors. Youthful offenders get treated as adults when they have committed a crime and are sentenced for years depending on their case. Therefore, the criminal courts will not see the consequences when they put youthful offenders in adult prisons.