Should Children Be Treated Like Adults Essay

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The word justice is described in the dictionary as "a being righteous; fairness" and to bring to justice is stated as "to treat fitly or fairly". Is our juvenile justice system just? According to the definition it is not. So, do you think juveniles should be tried as adults or should they be tried as juveniles? It is not fair or righteous to treat juveniles as adults. Today we live in a world of crime and the youth are committing many of these crimes. The juvenile court system is to deal with all crimes committed by minors (under age 18) but this is not happening mostly minor crimes and cases involving custody and neglect are being brought to these courts. When a person is tried, he will fall under the category of either an adult or a minor. However, things in the judicial system are changing. Kids who would normally be considered a minor are now beginning to be tried as an adult. How can we single out certain minors and call them adults? Were they considered adults before they carried out an act of violence? No. How did a violent act cause them to cross over a line that is defined by age? The major crimes such as murder and assault committed by youth are most times disputed in criminal court, which is adult court where children as young as ten are being tried and convicted as adults. Youth, that are not considered adults when it comes to voting, drinking, driving, are being sent to adult prisons for serious crimes. This is not justice; they can not try children as adults because they are not adults. In Aristotle's "A Definition of Justice" he writes that their needs to be equality before there can be justice. It is easy to... This essay discusses whether juveniles should be tried as adults or not. Juveniles should not be tried as adults. When juvenile crime rates soared in the mid 1990s, experts predicted that a new breed of youthful “super predators”
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