When someone who commits a crime is determined to be mentally inadequate to be held accountable for the crimes they have committed, there are things that we do to charge them, but in a lesser way because of their mental capacity. Which begs the question, why are we allowing children to be sentenced to life, when their brains aren’t fully developed? When a child commits a crime we look over that, and stop seeing them as children. We shouldn’t sentence children to a life in prison when their brains are not only underdeveloped, but also missing a good portion of gray matter. In the article “Startling Finds on Teenage Brains,” by Paul Thompson, he speaks about how adolescents lose brain tissue as they mature.
As an author explained, youth are among the groups which are usually helpless and vulnerable people without the rights to express their views and opinions, that can give an explanation why young offenders are treated in more harmful and unfair ways. Stop and search is a police power, part of the Police and Criminal evidence act to stop a person who is suspected of doing something illegal. Police use and maintain authority in public, ignoring manners in which this is done. Stop and search has been a conventional and problematic tactic in this, can be highly emotive and if misused it can be harmful to the trust and confidence of young people in the police. What is worrying more than 1000 under-10s had been stopped and searched in less than five years period, including even toddlers.
Children 's court was made for children criminals to give them a punishment appropriate for their age because kids are very different from adults. The kids being tried as adults either committed really bad crimes like murder and armed
One way to discipline delinquents or to remove them from society is to incarcerate them. Being surrounded by inmates whom you cannot relate to, not only on a mental level, but on a level of criminal activity is not the ideal setting for a juvenile to be placed in. When this occurs, youth then have to find ways to protect themselves. Which can result to further deviant behavior. "Studies have shown that continuing delinquent youth in correctional facilites will return to the same adverse environment".
Prior to 1899 in the United States, children who committed a criminal offense were tried and punished as adults. Children were being institutionalized with adult criminals where they were picking up negative influences preparing them for a life of crime. Progressive and social change demanded that children be protected and educated instead and therefore a separate court system for juveniles was subsequently established to address this problem. It has since being argued that juvenile courts have abandoned their role to rehabilitate juvenile delinquents and should be abolished. In an age where juvenile crime has escalated from simple truancy to more serious crimes such as mass school shootings some would agree it is time to abolish juvenile courts or modify the system at the very least.
There are other alternatives beside adult court for juveniles who commit serious crimes. Many minors who commit serious crimes and are put into adult jails under complete lockdown are driven to insanity, provided not all the children who killed did it just because; for a lot of them it was self-defense, and if you put them in a separate section in juvenile hall with other kids who committed crimes like their own then they can have positive interaction but still be kept under lock and key. Should those youth who were protecting themselves be condemned to living in solitude for the rest of their lives for defending his/her self? There are always alternative choices. There is always a right and a wrong even if the lines are blurred.
Juveniles should be charged as adult not only because of their age but because of the crime they committed. According to all cases of teen killing there is 1,300 that has been sentenced as an adult to life. Is not right to put a child behind bars because they're brain is not fully developed so they're not mature, but a crime is a crime. At the young age of 12, 13, 14 even younger kids most of them are expected to know what they want to commit themselves to to make a living. If kids are given that much responsibility and such a young age, then why can't they comprehend the consequences of violent crimes such as armed robbery and murder?
Many people think kids that commit massive crimes deserve to be put in a adult jail house but don’t realize that they are young immature human beings. There has been many cases of kids being tried as adults and being sentence to life in prison. We can’t continue to put these young kids in adult prison, they should be put in juvenile hails where they belong. Kids are being shown no mercy when it comes to being put in jails. Kids aren’t allowed to do certain things because you need to be an adult, so the same rules should be applied we it comes to give children jail time.
Child sexual abuse includes a wide range of sexual behaviors that take place between a child and an older person. A Violator of this cruel act does not even think that to what extent it affect lives of million children and left a negative impression of society in a certain corner of their mind. Researchers examined that from every bunch of six boys and four girls one of each respective gender is sexually abused by an older person as evidenced by several cases. Where and when children are sexually abused? Children are often sexually assaulted in their houses or places which seem most familiar with them so they feel safe and comfortable there.
In the Article “Kids are kids-until they commit crimes” Published in the Sacramento Bee on March 1, 2001 Marie Lundstorm discusses how kids who are charged as adults, deserve to be sent to a juvenile court because after all they are still kids. Lundstorm argues that, “the bigger the crime, the more eager we are to call them adults.”(5) I agree with Lundstorm, some teenagers who committed an insignificant crime are seen as adults when they should be looked as the teenager that they are. On the other hand, some teenagers never “grow up.” Not everyone is the same, so it is not fair to say that all teenagers have the same mental capability at a certain age because we all mature at different ages. In the Article “Greg Ousley is sorry for killing his parents. Is that good enough.” published on July 19,2012 Scott Anderson explores the story of 19 year old Greg Ousley, who killed his parents and is now reminiscing on the events and is now telling his side of the story.