Shawn was 16 in 1998 when he violently stabbed his father in his sleep, was tried as a juvenile because of his pre-existing parasomnia, and was sentenced to juvenile hall until his 19th birthday. Jose, 15 in 1998, engaged in a deadly brawl with four other teenagers, tried as a juvenile and sentenced to 208 days in juvenile hall. Marquese, 17, considered a “frequent flyer” of the juvenile system, reoffended on parole by stealing a car and breaking and entering, was tried as a juvenile and paroled in 2001. Manny, 17 in 1999 attacked a family in his neighborhood with a baseball bat alongside two other gang members. One of the victims was six months pregnant. He was tried as an adult and sentenced to nine years in prison. Jordan Brown, now 12, is currently awaiting trial for the murder of his father’s pregnant girlfriend, where he will be tried as an adult for both the murder of the woman and the fetus. What were the factors that decided Manny and Jordan’s case would be tried as adults? Manny and Jordan’s case went to adult court, while other children and teenagers are tried and sentenced in the juvenile system. The court systems have criteria for trying children as adults, taking into account different factors within the crimes themselves. How exactly does th...
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... in some cases for the rest of their life could be the answer to showing kids this is not a game. We need to get back the control of our streets. Times have changed now let us change with them.
Jordan Brown. 05 03 2009. 12 05 2010
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Sharon Cohen. Prosecuting kids as adults: Some state ponder changes. 2007. 26 May 2010
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Experts Doubt that 8-Year-Old’s Taped Confession in Double Killing Is Admissible 21 November 2008www.nytimes.com/2008/11/22/us/22arizona.html
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