In most juvenile homicide cases, they are automatically put into the adult justice system for committing the adult-like crime. Some of these children are receiving punishments such as life in prison, even life in prison without parole. Although, the kids may have committed the “adult” crime it is unethical for youths to be tried as adults. Youths should not be tried as adults because they are too young to understand the adult criminal court and could receive cruelty from the state penitentiaries. Also, instead of sending the juveniles
2 Juveniles Should Be Tried as Adults in Certain Circumstances Mary Onelia Estudillo Mary Onelia Estudillo has written several articles for The Guardian, the student newspaper of the University of California at San Diego. The juvenile justice system was originally created to provide individualized rehabilitation to offenders of minor crimes such as truancy, shoplifting, and vandalism. But youth today are taking advantage of this lenient and outdated system and are committing violent crimes because they believe they will get off easy. In order to provide justice to victims and their families and to prevent more and more juveniles from committing violent crimes, the United States must hold criminals accountable—regardless of their age—and impose
I do think that courts should consider other factors, like the severity of the crime, the juvenile's previous criminal record and their upbringing, before determining if they should be tried as an adult. But, it should still be the goal of the court system to attempt to educate juveniles, rather than throwing in the towel at the first sign of violence, and sending them to prison with even more violent, hardened criminals. Some say that children who commit adult crimes such as murder should be tried as adults. Then you should be tried as an adult no matter your age. If you take a life from one you should suffer the same punishment if your 15 or if your 43.
Jennifer Should minors be tried as adults in the court system? Should teens be tried as adults? People argue that teenagers don't know what they are doing when they commit a crime and are too young to comprehend what is right and wrong. I totally disagree. I am old enough to know that committing a crime is wrong and that if I commit one, I will be punished.
Which comes in, why kids shouldn’t be try as an adult. Most of us teens act pretty much like kids when were still 15-17 years old. In Adam Liptak’s article “Supreme Court to Rule on Executing Young Killers” published in The New York Times quotes “And jurors may not necessarily accept expert testimony concerning recent research showing that the adolescent brain is not fully developed”. Jurors have to accept the fact that teens brains aren’t develop and still may act like little kids. Also the fact that teens are so rough towards one another there brains aren’t thinking on what can happen if there physical towards people violently.
This because such children who have records of crime develop to become uncontrollable gangs in the society. In this view, the government has dedicated a lot of resources to rehabilitative projects in order to reduce these numbers. In addition, a number of intervention measures have been engaged to help the society to control criminal delinquents. However, there is still much to be done. In this article, we shall evaluate the effectiveness of the measures that have been taken to control the children and adolescents who have a high risk of future offending.
From tear gassing, to the utmost physical abuse, juveniles were tortured and it led to the children wanting to commit suicide in these harsh conditions. Such brutality was a shocking insight to me. I was in disbelief that in our own country this kind of treatment once went on and nothing was done about it for quite some time. Without such investigations that have taken place by Kenneth Wooden, one can only wonder about if such treatment would still go on and if it is even possible that it happens today. With fear being invested into the minds of juveniles, it can be very easy to control them and have underground extreme policies going on regarding abuse.
When children commit the same heinous crimes, however, the distinction between the two is difficult for society to make. As a consequence, juveniles in most cases are tried as adults and if found guilty are being put in adult prisons to serve out their term. The society’s
Though their brains are still developing they are still held liable for their actions. The Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional the imposition of the death penalty on those who committed their offense while under the age of 18 in its 2005 decision, Roper v. Simmons. The 5-4 decision was based on clear scientific evidence that fundamental differences exist between the brains of juveniles and adults; differences which make it much more difficult for young people to make informed decisions and understand the consequences of violent actions. The Court subsequently outlawed the imposition of mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles. (Williamson,
Jail is not effective in changing the values of youth offenders or aiding the youth; it never has been and never will be. Addressing this, the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) was implemented in 2003 to keep more youth out of jail, following reports that Canada had the highest rate of youth incarceration in the western world. The act instead aims to rehabilitate and reintegrate youth who break the law, through various extrajudicial measures. Since the YCJA, incarceration rates of youth have gone down by 60%; however, the overall effectiveness of the YCJA is currently being debated. 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.