Should Juveniles Be Tried As Adults Essay

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In America’s society, there are an estimated 1.2 million violent crimes committed every year. Adults are not the only individuals that are committing violent crimes. Juveniles are estimated to be involved in twenty-five percent of all violent crimes. Along with these crimes comes the decision on whether these juveniles should be tried as minors or adults, which has created an immense controversy around the United States. Certain juveniles are tried as adults because they must be held accountable for their actions, it brings justice to their victims, and because those individuals have a moral sense. In America, there are an estimated 10,000 juveniles serving sentences in adult correctional facilities. For instance, Morgan Geyser and Anissa …show more content…

Many adults believe that these juveniles are just sweet innocent adolescents, and their sentences should not be as harsh as an adult. Juveniles like Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier are examples of minors that were tried as an adult. These two individuals voluntarily stabbed their friend an agonizing 19 times. Luckily the victim survived the attacks but now has to live with the horrors of the attack on a daily basis. Had Morgan and Anissa been sentenced in juvenile courts, the victim wouldn't get the justice deserved, and the attackers wouldn't be held fully liable for their actions. On the other, some adults, believe that juveniles shouldn’t be given harsh adult sentences because they do not have the judgment and intellect to recognize right from wrong. It has been a proven fact that individuals between the ages of 12 and 18 have a higher tested IQ than the average American Adult, and this shows that adolescents are more knowledgeable then they are said to be. Juveniles across America are now living with the lifestyle of adult sentences for their crimes because they are being held accountable for their actions, it brings justice to their victims, and because they are expected to have a higher moral

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