Trying Children as Adults for Criminal Offenses

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Trying Children as Adults for Criminal Offenses Should Juveniles be Tried as Adults? Violent crimes are committed in the United States everyday. Almost one-half of them are committed by teenagers ages 13 through 17 ("End of Line" 484). After the crimes have been committed and the lives of these children have been radically changed, society often demands that those who commit violent crimes be tried as adults, rather than as adolescents. 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. The youngest generation looks up to the teenagers for guidance but what kind of example are today's teenagers many concerned parents ask. There could be a much better example if the justice system did not let them get away with so many violent crimes. When a juvenile commits a crime he has a trial in a juvenile court. The basic idea behind the juvenile court is guardianship, the states acting for the welfare of children. "The jurisdiction and procedure of the juvenile court have been primarily chancery or equity rather than criminal (Miller 38)." In a May 1987 issue of Business Week followed up on a case when a 16 year old boy brutally raped and murdered a 26 year old woman in front of her two children ages four and six. After the woman was ... ... middle of paper ... ... punishment, but prevention that were implemented to put a dent in crime. Kids experience activities that reward them emotionally and instill hope in their future. All over the world America stands for a place of freedom, a place of peace. No longer will America stand for this if we do not lay down stricter guidelines for todays juvenile offenders. America needs to be firm with these young offenders, not because of their age but for the extent of the crime committed. The future must also be protected, not put in jail. The problem can no longer be ignored; it must be helped. Rehabilitation has proven to be successful, and until these crimes can be completely prevented, rehabilitation is a successful solution rather than locking kids away. Now more than ever juveniles should remain juveniles in the eyes of the law; they should be helped and encouraged, not destroyed.

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