Should Juvenile Offenders Be Tried And Punished As

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Should juvenile offenders be tried and punished as an adult A juvenile offender is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as a person under the age of 18 that has been charged with a crime. The American legal justice system, should they treat juvenile violent offenders as adults? Harsh sentencing won’t acts as a deterrent? Juveniles are not competent to stand trial. Juveniles would not become repeated offenders. Some say they lack the maturity to understand the wrongness of comprehending their actions. Juveniles can be rehabilitated. The justice legal system, should they treat juvenile violent offenders as adults? My rebuttal: Yes, a heinous crime remains a heinous crime regardless who has committed it. Every action has a consequence. Juvenile offenders who commit a heinous crime should be held responsible for their actions. Juveniles in today’s society are smarter and more sophisticated at a younger age. Their intellect gives them the understanding of the implications of violence and how to use a weapon such as a gun or how to combine chemicals into a poison or explosive. With the easy access from the internet to various web sites give them the ability to purchase any dangerous weapon or chemical. The sad fact is when a juvenile offender has the intelligence to load and shoot a gun is an indicator that they have the mentality to understand exactly what they are doing. (Reaves) Harsh sentencing won’t act as a deterrent. Rebuttal: If a juvenile has chosen to commit a violent attack on someone, then they have made the choice to act in an adult fashion. The justice system should treat the juvenile as the adult that they were trying to be at the time of the crime. Harsh sentencing can act as a deterrent to the juveniles who may consider on committing a crime. Giving light sentences does not teach the juvenile the lesson that they
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