Why should teen felons get to spend their jail time in juvenile detention centers for committing the same crimes as adults? In today’s world, teens are increasingly committing violent crimes and being put in juvenile detention centers. Teens need to be tried as adults because it helps to bring justice to families of victims, and it also teaches the teens accountability. Charging teens as adults will also help reduce crime in the United States. Although many people feel that teens should not be given severe punishments because they are immature and innocent, they have not considered the problem teens are creating by committing these crimes..
Within the urban communities, negative perceptions are magnified. Adolescents are more prone to be a product of their environment, especially those whose parents are incarcerated. Because of this trend adolescents are being incarcerated at an alarming rate and sentenced to adult facilities. Lambie & Randall (2013) states, the United States have imposed harsher penalties on serious young offenders, and have consequently increased rates of incarcerated youth and made it easier for youth to be treated and incarcerated as adults within the justice
When kids that are only 16 and 17 are tried in adult court, studies have shown that these teens are more likely to commit crimes and serious offenses. For this reason some kids get into a cycle of trials, Juvy, and release because that is all they know how to do, because when they are released they don’t know how to live a normal life.
From an administrative and monetary perspective, there are very little differences between the juvenile and adult justice systems thus, combining the two would allow for the pooling of resources, streamlining of procedures and elimination of redundancies. In addition, assuming that some of the practice carries over from the juvenile system to that of the adult, offenders from both could benefit from the sealing of records and the use of closed proceedings; we could eliminate stigmas. Nevertheless, combining the two does nothing more than feed the criminality of the young. There is a distinct difference between the adult offender and the juvenile offender; the developing mind. The young may be impulsive and reckless which contributes to
The current state of the juvenile justice system is one which has created an immense debate between a variety of people in the United States. The main question in this debate boils down to the issue of whether children should be able to be tried as an adult with no regard to their age. The juvenile court system is a separate entity from adult court which is used to handle the criminal cases of the youth in America. In the present, some children have their ability to fall under the jurisdiction of the adult courts revoked due to the gravity of their crimes. This should not be the case as the juvenile court should be given the ability to treat juveniles the way they should be.
Juveniles being waived to the adult criminal justice system has been a widespread issue across the United States. More than half the states allow juveniles the age of 12 and older to be prosecuted as adults, along with 22 states that allow juveniles as young as 7 to be prosecuted as adults (Deitch, 2014). However, the juvenile justice system and the adult criminal justice system, was not designed to work with kids this age, regardless of the crime they committed. The juvenile justice system was created and designed to provide age appropriate interventions due to the fact that the teenage brain is still forming along with their character (Deitch, 2014). Kids can still be held accountable in juvenile court but the focus is on rehabilitation
The first reason I want to point out is that once teenagers are sent to prison, they get worst. For instance, in countries such as the US, it has been demonstrated that once children are in jail, they start to develop certain disorders like PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) or ADHD
Teens shouldn’t be tried as adults due to the mental and emotional harm that can be caused. This harm will negatively affect their lives post-jail as memories of the imprisonment will still be retained and will change how one perceives the world. After finishing serving time, the teenager will likely act as a different person due to the harsh environment of jail. This can include negativity and hostility caused by what could happen to and around the teen’s still-developing and changing mind. These harmful traits may make the lives of the affected due to the possible lack of socialization.
There are several challenges facing the juvenile justice system. In the past years prior to the 21st century there are difficult cases and justifying situations that truly can’t be ignored when it comes to deciding the fate of a juvenile. The stress that juveniles are presented with in today’s society are unbelievable and the it gets to the point to where a lot of factors can affect the lives of our children such as an unstable environment, more pressure into substance abuse, and no reliable sources of community help. While juveniles are having a harder time today they are involving their self in actions at even a younger age. An ordinary result of these hardships along with the daily life is frustrating at their age.
In America, most of the crime is committed by juveniles. In fact, the justice department estimates that about 10% of all homicides are committed by people under the age of 18 (Clarke, 2015). Once minors commit a crime, they are tried in a court system that is either the juvenile justice system or the adult justice system. Both of these court systems have similarities as well as differences. The similarities show how the much the juvenile and adult courts have in common and how they are not too different from one another.
Picture this, a child sitting in prison, alone, scared, regretful, and he/she has a whole life ahead of them that will go down the waste for something they did that they might not fully understand why they did it. Age, brain development, environment, and immaturity are all the factors that should be recognized before they go and try juveniles as adults. Children have so many influences and faults that adults do not have as much of. Juveniles should not be allowed to be tried as adults.
" Youthful offenders often have suffered physical, sexual, or psychological abuse when growing up". As these children develop, they grow up with a past life trauma causing them to be feud up, filled with rage, confusion, stress, and mixed emotions. Most of the time these youthful offenders do not know what they are doing. Their past tragedy history, usually tends to be the cause for them to be tried in criminal courts.
Minor will usually commit more crimes after being release A. The chances of committing more crimes if minor is put into adult prison is higher a. In adult prison they will meet adults who has connections making them make new criminal friends therefore increasing the chances of b. 34% more chance of being rearrested than if sentence to a juvenile prison Transition: Now after identifying the problem lets discuss about the solution I. The main solution is to stop minors being tried as adults A. The solution is to help the minor instead of punishing them a. Minors should be given and taught the basic life and social skills after being release from prison Transition: Lastly minor should not be tried as adults instead they should be tried as minor and given proper care to stop the crimes. Conclusion:
Myers. Talks about how it would be if we decided to sentence juveniles as adults: “sending youthful offenders to adult facilities increases the probability of re-offending since impressionable youths may be further corrupted through interactions with more experienced criminals.” (Free Online Library.). Another book Rethinking Juvenile Justice by Elizabeth S. Scott. Explains to us the importance of the juvenile justice system “The subject of juvenile justice breeds extreme responses.