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.
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.
If you take a life from one you should suffer the same punishment if your 15 or if your 43. Its the same crime its’n it? Your age shouldn't be a deciding factor of life in prison or 6 months in a hold. You should not be un -justly punished if your 14 or an adult its the same crime. juveniles act on emotions or wants, without thinking their actions through completely.
2012 Wall Street Journal) for juveniles convicted of murder in adult court. Of course we would not want to sentence a 15 year old to “life-without-parole” if the circumstances did not warrant it. The 8th Amendment, states cruel and unusual punishment is unconstitutional. Studies done by (The Washington Post, 2007) state “that children incarcerated in adult jails are more likely to be arrested again and commit graver new offenses”. Juveniles in adult correctional facilities are not offered any chance at the rehabilitation tools or schooling that is part of a rigorous curriculum in a juvenile facility.
I think it is clear that young people are not deterred from bad behavior by just the fear of punishment. Kids know then a person's “bark is bigger than their bite.” At the same time,if a young person sees someone else get punished for problem behavior, this might deter them by proxy. The idea of general deterrence is that just one punishment is enough todeter other people if the situation is taken care of quickly enough. General deterrencerelies on the idea that, if young people believe that society both intends to punish criminalacts and that they are able to, they will be deterred from committing a crime by thesefactors and this awareness. One example of this is that more police officers can go onto the police force, so that the young person sees them everywhere and believes that they mightcatch them.
Some juvenile inmates come from broken homes, divorced families, deadbeat parents and are just trying to survive. Juvenile prisons need to be different from adult prisons, you can’t treat kids like adults, especially the younger juveniles. They need a role model to influence them positively, punishment but an emphasis on hope a better life more than anything. Adults still need hope, but if you’re still committing crime as an adult you’re either in the wrong place at the wrong
I think teens should not be tried as adults because they have not experienced how does the adult world works long enough to realize what they are doing. They should however be sentenced to work for the community so they can know and analyze what were their crimes consequences. In addition to the lost brain matter all the prosecutors and specially the government is setting severe sentenced to young adults. We should not punish them because reasons are to why we call children kids. We can not call them adults when they are not tried as one.