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Teens or Adults? Should young teens be tried as adults for their criminal actions? Both sides have been argued for many years in the juvenile courts. Teens that have committed serious crimes have been tried as adults. Although many people are against that, others have felt it was right even necessary. Yes teens make mistakes and do unnecessary things, but treating them as adult’s isn’t the right thing to do. Juveniles shouldn’t be punished as adults, because they’re still maturing and still have the mind of a child. Teenagers often don’t have the mind of an adult, so why try them as one? In Adam Liptak’s article “ Locked Away Forever” published in The New York Times he tells us of the case of Joe Sullivan, who was charged with sexually assaulting a 72 year old woman when he was only 13 years old. Yet courts argued on what to do with him. Defense lawyer Bryan Gowdy states, “When our children make mistakes, are we going to lock them up and throw away the key for life?” (Liptak), locking juveniles for a life time is something awful, because the courts are basically killing teens by sending them behind bars for the rest of their life. Some courts have proof of the teens violating and some don’t, but yet they still put them sentence to life without parole. In Paul Thompson’s article “Startling Finds on Teenage Brains” published in The Sacramento Bee he tells us of the case of Nathaniel Brazil was only 13 when he shot a middle school teacher. Was it accidental? Or was it planed? Paul Thompson quoted “The jurors by returning a verdict of second-degree instead of first, indicated that Brazil’s actions, while not accidental, were not fully thought out either”. Therefor the jurors can’t blame or make it official that most teens crimes are planned or accidental, because it wasn’t thought out, or they just didn’t know what they were doing at the moment. Yet there’s a

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