Should Children Be Tried as Adults

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Should Children Under The Age of 18 Be Tried As Adults? Today you hear more and more about children, under the age of 18, who has committed murder. Whether it was on purpose or by accident, these stories are beginning to fill up the headlines. A big question is how are these children punished for the crimes that they commit? Children are not considered to be adults, so should they be tried as adults? If you look back on cases that involve children under the age of 18 murdering someone, you will notice that they do not receive the same punishment that someone over the age of 18 would receive. Many people would say that they are just children and they do not understand what they are doing, while others will argue that they are not getting the right punishment. The real question that needs to be asked is why are we not giving these children the same punishments that adults would receive? For example, 13 year old Jordan Brown of Pennsylvania was being tried on the murder of his father pregnant fiancé back in 2009. “Amnesty International has urged US authorities in Pennsylvania not to try Jordan in an adult court, as doing so could result in a violation of international law. If tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree murder, he would face life imprisonment without parole” ("AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL"). It is only right to sentence Jordan to life in prison because of his actions. He did not only kill his father’s pregnant fiancé, he also murdered their unborn child. Why would they give Jordan special treatment because he was 11 years old? Yes, he is young, but he was at an age to clearly set apart right from wrong and what he did was definitely wrong. The way I like to look at it is that murder is murder no matter the name or the age of the person. Jordan committed a serious crime and he should have to pay for his actions. If we simply slap them on the hand and
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