The Pros And Cons Of Juvenile

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Jose, a 15 year old boy without the guidance of any parents, joined gangs, took drugs, and became addicted to alcohol. During the fall of 1998, he and four other teens got into a serious fight with two immigrants after a night of drinking, though Jose did not participate as heavily in the assault. This fight resulted in the death of one of the immigrants due to repeated beatings and a crushed skull and a broken ankle of the second immigrant who fled. After fleeing the scene, Jose was kind enough to help the victim with the broken ankle. Psychologist even deemed his as someone who is not a threat to the public when sober, yet 15 year old Jose was charged -- as an adult -- with manslaughter. Throughout the years, juveniles have been given more…show more content…
Alabama ruled the sentencing of a youth to die in prison as a violation against the Eighth Amendment, and Kent v. the United States case resulted in the law that requires a preliminary hearing to notify the adolescent of their charges. Juveniles should never be tried as an adult nor receive the same prison sentences -- including the death penalty -- as an adult, but rather still be punished for their actions and treated to rehabilitation dependent upon a case by case evaluation of the juvenile. First off, children are developmentally different from adults -- emotionally, psychologically, and physically -- especially, when they are fostered in harsher backgrounds. The first reason why is it unjust to try a child as an adult because an adolescent’s brain is not yet fully developed, unlike an adult’s. According to PBS’s documentary, “When Kids Get Life,” an adolescent’s brain is unable to focus, learn, and plan as well as that of a developed brain. In Colorado, teens are restricted from driving someone under the age of 18, yet they are able to be charged with planned murder. This is a prime example of the unjust societal standards imposed on adolescents as this example shows how sentences -- charging an adolescent with planned
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