Should Juveniles Be Tired as Adults???

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Should Juveniles be Charged as Adults? Abstract Should Juveniles Be Tried As Adults? "Old enough to do the crime, old enough to do the time." This popular refrain reduces a complex reality to simplistic rhetoric. It's also wrong. While young people must be held accountable for serious crimes, the juvenile justice system exists for precisely that purpose. Funneling more youth into the adult system does no good and much harm. Juveniles are not adults, and saying so doesn't make it so. Besides, we don't really mean it: When we try them in criminal court, we do not deem them adults for other purposes, such as voting and drinking. We know they're still minors — they are developmentally less mature and responsible and more impulsive, erratic and vulnerable to negative peer pressure. As people, they are still active works in progress. We just do not like the logical consequences of that reality that they are by nature less culpable than law breaking adults, even when they do very bad things. So we change the rules of the game. Therefore, juveniles should not be charged as adults because they are developmentally not mature enough and will not properly be rehabilitated. Should Juveniles be Charged as Adults? References Meyer, Edward. (2008). Get tough on crime, not on kids. Corrections Today. , 70(1), p19-19, 1p. This article was interesting to me and my topic because it shows how children find it difficult to be in prison. It also shows how difficult it is for the to find jobs, student loans, etc. while having an adult record. , . (2000). Adult time for adult crime. Current Events. , 90(16), p2a,4p. This article had no author!!! It is about how children are convicted for a crime and how he or she is held in a juvenile facility until they reach age to be moved into an adult prison. Khan, H. (2010, July 12). Life in prison. Retrieved from www.
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