Jurors believe juveniles shouldn’t be punished severely because they are “teens.”Teens shouldn’t be let off the hook easily or treated any differently than adults when it comes to committing crime. In the article, “Kids Are Kids-Until They Commit Crime,” by Marjie Lundstrom, Lundstrom informs us that age shouldn’t matter in the decision of punishment for severe crimes. Lundstrom quotes “Hey, they’re only kids. That is, until they commit crimes. And the bigger the crime, the more eager we are to call them adults.
As adolescents we tend to act more on impulse rather than thinking things trough. As teenagers reach adulthood the frontal lobe of the brain which controls our rational thought begins to develop. This is why it would be inhumane to recruit young children into the military. The adolescents would act on impulse instead of thinking about any of the consequences, or making sure they receive what is best for themselves. How and when the human brain develops is not voluntarily controlled by us.
Ron Wilson of Houston stated in the article, “ Kids are Kids- Until They Commit Crime”, “...you want to throw the adult boo at kids...lower the voting age to fourteen”(Lundstrom 9) Kids are restricted from watching pornography, purchasing tobacco or alcohol, or voting, because they are not perceived as having the same mental capacity or responsibility as adults. Double standardizing it by being able to try them as equally as an adult would be an absurdity. There is no congruence on this matter, that is why Mr.Wilson suggested a dramatic idea by lowering the voting age. I kid wouldn’t understand what he or she is voting for, nor do they in court cases. Many people can say a young teen is far from adulthood.
They believe that it violates the eighth amendment, ban on cruel and unusual punishment. You never know what the child's home environment is, so maybe that is why they perform these actions. Juveniles should not be sentenced to life in prison for committing murder because their brain is not fully developed. From the ages of eighteen and twenty five
The YCJA should not be amended by Bill C-10, to be tougher on youth offenders because jail doesn’t work, to incarcerate youth because it is costly, and because the YCJA’s founding principles would deteriorate if Bill C-10 were to be passed. Jail does not work and never has. The Youth Criminal Justice Act was implemented to replace the Young Offenders Act to keep youth out of jail but is now being amended to put more youth in jail. This concept is flawed because, to reiterate, jail does not work. What works is providing services for mentally ill patients, rehabilitating prisoners, and reintegrating newly released prisoners into society.
Offenders in this society know or at least thinks that they will only get a smack on the wrist if they were to commit a crime. This in turn doesn’t help to deter them from their criminal ways. The adolescents that are in similar circumstances uses the choice theory wisely. They effectively weigh their options and decide that it’s not worth the risk of being caught and being
I will never promise any young person anything I can’t deliver. These young people have been let down by society in many ways and so many now feel a lack of trust in any organization. Admittedly the scheme that I am part of is purely voluntary and so you would be right in thinking that engaging with these young people would be easy but far from it. But if we begin to force young people to engage with us as youth workers then we no longer become youth workers but social workers and that is not what I want the young people to think of me as. I always feel that unless you are learning something from young people then you’re not really working with them.
3. The families of victims should be considered and be allowed closure and justice for their loss. My position is that teenagers who commit murder, especially heinous murders, should be tried as adults. Teenagers should really think twice because I really don’t believe that our brain development has anything to do with it. Because if you can be sexually active at 16 or at younger age you know
When these factors do not work in the young offenders favor, that child should be held accountable for their actions. Also, the repeat offenders of the juvenile court system knows that nothing serious will be done to them as long as they are under the age 18, in most states. Justice should have no age limit or any other exceptions. This does not mean that there are not minor flaws in the laws of processing children in adult courts, but we definitely do not want to give up on bread forever because of a few slices being defective. Juvenile courts do not have proper laws to fairly prosecute violent crimes to the fullest extent.
(Reaves) Furthermore, juveniles to be tried as adults is that it'll not only make them understand the consequences of their action, but also prevent them from committing any further crimes, knowing fully well that they are not given any special consideration because of their age factor. It will thus lower the crime rate in society. When there are harsh punishments meted out on children who commit crimes, others will learn from their mistakes and deter from doing anything drastic like such. (Reaves) For example, when my niece sees one of my cousins get into trouble for something they did. For instance, take something that does not belong to them or break a toy that is also is not theirs, its helps and understand what my niece should not do.