Therefore, teenagers should be held accountable for their actions and tried as adults because these violent crimes are premeditated, against the law, and if a teenager has the mental capability to plan a violent crime, they should have the mental capability to acknowledge the consequences of the crime. Premeditation is something that is thought and/or planned out ahead of time. Most violent crimes that are still happening today are no accident, which is why defendants should be held accountable therefore tried as adults for their mistakes.In terms of premeditation, a violent crime must have the specific intent to hurt another individual. I stand by my perspective, if these teenagers could be so cruel and commit such a violent crime, they should be tried as an adult. If a defendant commits a violent crime and does not get taken serious and/or tried as an adult, others are going to Cota 2 believe that it is going to be “brushed off” if they follow the defendants footsteps.
Once juveniles have reached the legal juvenile age, they should not of problems discerning between right and wrong. Children are also taught to consider the possible consequences of their actions before following through with them. As children get older they should be able to fathom how their actions affect others. Juveniles make conscious decisions to commit crimes and therefore should be held responsible. Malice is also a factor dealing with an individual's values.
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. “Under Prop 21, probation departments do not have the discretion to determine if juveniles arrested for any one of more than 30 specific serious or violent crimes should be released or detained; rather, Prop 21 makes detention mandatory under those defined... ... middle of paper ... ...d States, juveniles charged with violent felonies ought to be treated as adults in the criminal justice system” (Maxwell). In the criminal justice system everyone has the right to be treated equally regardless the age they have. This society that were living in believes many juveniles offender are being treated differently regard to what age are the juveniles and there brain is not fully developed is injustice the court of law has the right to treat the juveniles the same way as a adult. There should be a reaction or action against the juvenile that commit certain types of crimes they should further receive their punishment for what they done and tried as adults.
Criminal conduct would be punished the same if they were an adult, while the status offenses only apply to the illegal acts of the actor, in this case being a minor. This get tough on crime mentality on juveniles to decrease crimes conforms to what the jurisdiction of Missouri Courts have on juveniles by letting juveniles at the young age of fourteen get a life sentence without parole. (ex: Quantel
You may be thinking, “Why is this teen being tried as adult, he is just a kid?” While he is “just a kid”, and this is a widely held opinion, but it is not mine. Should minors who commit violent crimes be tried as adults? Absolutely. Just because minors are young they do have the ability to know what is right from wrong. Since these minors have committed the crime, they need to be held accountable.
Adult Crime Adult Time Children are taught right from wrong from the time they are born. Adolescences have a firm grasp on the value of human life. To take someone else’s life on purpose is not something that can be treated lightly. People like to blame the violent movies they watch or the games they play. They say that the violence has desensitized them, making it, so they no longer understand right from wrong.
In particular, protection of society's people and the community should be the utmost concern. To emphasize, capital punishment and juvenile offenders should be an issue looked in greater detail to prevent an offender from striking again. People who oppose juveniles being sentenced to death usually stand by the age factor and that juveniles don't know better because of their maturity level. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, "researchers indicate that there is no direct link between the juveniles' brain development and behavior" [ 5 ]. Furthermore, Dianne Clements, president of Justice For All, a Houston victim-advocacy group explained that," juveniles who kill know what they have done is illegal and wrong as they try to cover and destroy evidence" [ 5 ].
A transition from the classic objective of reform brought by juvenile justice system to a more tough policy that focus more on public safety and on idea of punishment to juvenile offenders came to effect. The trend is to be more amenable to the “get-tough” principle, allowing a juvenile to be prosecuted and tried as an adult in criminal court. The most basic reason for allowing this shift is for public safety and deterrent of crimes involving juveniles. The arguments provide that there is a need to incapacitate these juveniles for some period of time in order for them to realize the seriousness of the offense that they committed and the adult criminal court system is the closest way of achieving this goal. The advocates of the transfer of the juveniles to adult court believe that since the same crime was committed, the same act was done, thus, there is a need to impose the same harsh punishment.
On top of that Milad2 it also gives protection like the criminal court system gives adults who are responsible to serious penalties if guilty. In paragraph six of Rita’s essay she says that the current juvenile system has made it the defendant’s lawyers job to protect the young client from any possibility of rehabilitation. That means that the courts now are also protecting rights of juveniles, which makes it even more impossible for prosecuters to convict the defendant. This then offers the child to get away with no punishment and now thinks that he/she have the right to keep on acting in a misbehaving or unlawful way which had brought him or
Unfortunately, juveniles know that the law imposed upon them is not strict enough to deter them from committing heinous and brutal crimes. Baruwa explains in Roper, " Christopher Simmons (17 y.o.) planned to commit a burglary and murder by breaking and entering, tying up the victim, and throwing the victim off a bridge. Further, Simmons told the juveniles that because of their age they could “get away with it” [ 3 ]. Moreover, Baruwa staes, "Justice Kennedy states that the death penalty can be imposed on juveniles if the right and true guilt is found even though it is forbidden under constitutional law" [ 3 ].Our society and its people deserve to live in a peaceful and law complying environment.