Should Juveniles Be Charged as Adults

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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. People who say were either the victim of the crime or witnessed it first hand. All teens know that killing is wrong, yet they do it anyway and get away with a light sentence because of their age. Even if a teen didn't know it was wrong, it doesn't mean it's right. They should still be punished. If they aren't, they will think that crimes are okay and continue to commit them. Why they should be tried as adults?. A crime is a crime no matter who commits it, Just because a child committed the crime doesn’t mean the victim didn’t suffer and it also doesn’t mean the family of the victim doesn’t continue to suffer. The legal system makes children understand that their actions have consequences keeping them from doing it again. They don’t get special treatment just because of their age. When a child turns 18 they are no longer considered a child, they are considered as adults. After 18 they should receive the same punishments as adults, When punishments are put on children who commit crimes t might lower the crime ratings. Others will hopefully learn from those mistakes and not do it. Why they shouldn’t be tried as adults? Kids who commit crimes are between the ages of 9 or 10. At, that age it is impossible for them to have the mental ability to plan or commit a crime yet alone understand the consequences of that action. An adult who commits a crime is punished for it and will remember it for the rest of their lives. As for a child he or she will just repress the memory of that crime. Research
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