Should Minors Who Commit Violent Crimes Be Tried as Adults

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Assignment 3: A Problem Exists Kimla Hughes Professor: Erica Ellsworth English 090 – February 10, 2013 Should minors who commit violent crimes be tried as adults? The youth of today do not fully understand the consequences of their actions. They may think that doing bad things or making bad decisions might not lead to prison or jail time. Peer pressure and the environment in which they live can influence their judgments to do right or wrong. Youth that hang around people their age that are making bad choices and not abiding the law will involve in crimes with friends who are doing the same. Their environment can cause them to act out in negative ways, the lack of positive adults, abuse and neglect, and too much idle time and not enough planned activities. Children should not be tried as adults. “The United States Supreme Court has ruled that there are limitations on the punishment juveniles can receive even when they are tried in adult court. The law considers youth crimes to be less culpable than adult, therefore juvenile punishment should not be as severe as those available for adults, even for the exact same crime.” The punishment of a 14 year old, Arkansas teenager who wasn’t the triggerman at a video rental store that he and his robbed was fair. Even though he wasn’t the one who pull the trigger, that kill the cashier, Under Arkansas felony-murder law, he was tried as an adult for aggravated murder and, under state law, received a mandatory sentence of life without parole. Youth that doesn’t have the bond or lack of positive influence are likely to commit violent crimes. According to, (Laub, 1983), “Indicates that the economic isolation of inner-city neighborhood, along with the concentration of poverty and unemployment, lead to an erosion of the formal and informal controls that inhibit delinquent behavior”. Their environment plays a
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