People support sending juveniles to adult prisons for many reasons. One reason is that it is the job of the courts to help protect society. Once a troubled juvenile is sent to an adult prison, they are out of the way of society. Hopefully when they re-enter, the punishments they received will be imprinted in their brain and stop them from performing any wrong again. Another reason people think that disturbed youth cannot be saved is that punishment will not save them from themselves and they just need to be locked up forever.
If they committed adult crimes there shouldn’t be any reason why they don’t deserve to be in adult prison. According to Gabriella’s blog, “The Pro side argues that a crime is a crime, no matter what the age is. Only because a child commits a crime it does not mean that the victim didn 't suffer” (Canada). The crimes of juvenile have been rising up so is it times to stop them by putting them in adult prison with the rest of the adult criminals? The Juveniles are mature enough to know what is right and wrong.
Prisons serve two main functions; separation and rehabilitation. Criminals cannot be allowed to walk around with everyone else without being punished; they must be separated from society. The thought of going to prison helps deter most people from crime. Rehabilitation is the main goal of prison; making a bad person into a good person by the time they are released. These seem like cut and dry functions, but as of late some believe that prisons in the United States have failed in their attempts to separate and rehabilitate.
In addition, these young criminals have not fully developed their moral capacities, in which causes these criminals to grow up with the morals they began with, which may only be fixed through putting time and kept in cells, away from innocent civilians. Although, there have been rare occasions in which the defendant is sent to rehabilitation centers to improve these behaviors, however, further research is needed to put this counterclaim to rest. Therefore, there is no room for young criminals to roam the safe homes of people with their horrible acts of crime, and so they must be tried as adults and take full responsibility of their actions. Juvenile justice is a case that is being fought frequently in court due to juveniles being tried as an adult. In the case of Chancy Luna, Edwards James, and Michael Jones, three teens ruthlessly killed Australian Baseball player, Christopher Lane, by shooting him in the back with a .22 revolver.
In some jurisdictions, a child may have to commit 10 to 15 serious crimes before anything is actually done. Many people believe that the juvenile system is not adequate enough to handle the serious crimes of today’s juveniles, but trying them as minors for their serious crimes isn’t helping to eliminate crime. I refer to the system as “the easy way out.” Many of the offenders get a slap on the wrist and non-judicial sentences. Simply sentencing these juveniles with restitution to the victim, community service, or a forfeiture of their driver’s license isn’t enough. In 1998, The Los Angeles Times states that today more than a half-million people are locked up in this country; that total grows by more than 1,000 inmates each week.
(Champion, 1992) The main reason for transferring a juvenile to criminal court is for harsher punishment to be obtainable. Another main reason for transfer to criminal court is because juvenile courts do not have the authority to impose punishment that continues into adulthood. There are many other reasons than the one listed above for a juvenile to be transferred such as; to produce fairness in punishment of certain types of crimes, holding offenders more accountable for their actions, to portray harsh punishment will be except for offenses, and decrease repeat juvenile offenders. (Champion,
There are many reasons why children under the age of 18 should be tried as children, however, there are more proficient reasons as to why we should do away with juvenile court. Many of my peers do not think this, however, they are keen on keeping children tried as children. I truly cannot fathom the “good” that this is doing though. I believe that juvenile offenders should be trialed as adults because they were mature enough to make the decision to commit a crime, they need to be held responsible for their destructive actions, and statistics have shown that when given the chance, juvenile criminals do not complete the rehabilitation needed to enter back into society. The main reason most of my peers want children tried as children is for their safety.
Life 's too short and we only live life once, but what we do with our life is our own choice. There are many kids deciding to go the wrong way to living their short lives. Some kids become Juvenile criminals, and these crimes that these kids did goes to the Juvenile Justice, Department. Juvenile Justice Department makes up for different agencies that work with kids who did something bad with the law. The different agencies or police, court, detention, probation, and prosecutor.
Rita Kramer’s “ Juvenile Justice Is Delinquent,” a very well written argument, explains how juvenile delinquents have changed, and are getting away now with almost everything they do without a severe punishment. Kramer writes clearly to make the reader understand her essay. Kramer writes that the Juvenile system is very similar to New York’s Family Court. The New York Family Court was originally sought to protect children who were getting in trouble with the law that still considered them infants, because of their young age. What Kramer is saying is that a teenager that is a criminal would not be tried or treated as an adult because of the teenagers young age.
In another article “Adoles... ... middle of paper ... ...mentally”, as shown above, my claims are supported by this article. They argue that they still need to learn about morals and they are young, they need to have their freedom. None of us are born harmful, be are raised in an environment that traumatized them and change their beliefs. They are pushed to their limits by the same kids that go to school with us. This as many other reasons ,such as, mental illness, parental abused, social status and much more are the main caused by murder.This is why teenager commits crime, aside that our brain still hasn 't fully develop and adults see that if they did the crime they must make they time.