In conclusion as to how to treat teens who commit crimes I would say that it really depends on how serious is the crime they commit, but I believe that juveniles that are 15 and older should be convicted as adults because they have taken some responsibilities at that age and are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong in certain situations. Being a teen myself my parents have taught me to be held accountable for my actions, and what I do is for a reason. With teens committing crimes it should be the same. Become older only increases your knowledge and capacity to learn what is right from
In Gail Garinger’s, “Juveniles Don’t Deserve Life Sentences,” she argues that juveniles have great potential in being able to change their lives for the better. Garinger starts off with the superpredator theory which involves kids who will commit crimes in groups, and in response, laws were made to easily try kids as adults in court. Even with the superpredator prediction never coming true, the laws that were made still exist. Garinger then moves on to describing how teens are different than adults in many different aspects. Garinger states, “As a former juvenile court judge, I have seen first hand the enormous capacity of children to change and turn themselves around” (Garinger par.
Once a juvenile has been taken into custody, the child has the same Fourth Amendment rights as an adult to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Children in police custody can be detained prior to trial, interrogated, and placed in lineups. However, because of their youth and inexperience, children are afforded more protections than adults. Police must be careful that the juvenile suspect apprehends his legal rights and, if there is some interrogation, they must grant contact to a parent to safeguard the juvenile’s constitutional interest. While in custody, the juvenile is also protected under the Fifth Amendment.
If you lock them up they will still get into drugs and be by gang members. They don’t have a way out, but if you find a way out in the community and have a way to build them up that is good. They need a good education program as well, so they can continue and grow as individuals. Another thing we forget about is the psychological and social characteristics of juvenile offenders. Some juveniles suffer from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, anger, dissociation, severe personality disorder, and sexual problems.
By repealing the juvenile justice system we can put in a new system that will work. Nothing beneficial is coming from it and juveniles do not gain the understanding that actions have a consequence. If juveniles who commit crimes began to face trial adults, receiving life sentences or several years, crime would begin to decrease. These minors feel they can do anything because they are young. Our society needs to come forward to teach our children a better way of living.
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.
This will make it harder to control the juvenile's behaviors which will increase deviant and criminal behaviors (Kurlychek, 2014). Even during the "get tough" movement, Mendiola-Washington and Emeka (2014) argued that practitioners were focusing on new strategies that aim to prevent crimes by juveniles, early intervention and rehabilitating juveniles. To emphasize, the punishment approach is not more effective as the rehabilitation approach. One way that will cause a change in how juveniles are treated is by refocusing on the best interest of the child and addressing the racial disparities present in our justice system. Juveniles are still kids and the court should not impose harsh punishments for crimes they commit during their youth.
Juvenile Justice Should juveniles get treated as adults that’s one of the biggest controversy in our nation now days, with many juveniles committing crimes that are inconceivable according to their age. Judges have the last word on how to treat this young people. Many people argue that “the teens that are under eighteen are only kids, they won’t count them as young adults, not until they commit crimes. And the bigger the crime, the more eager this people are to call them adults” (Lundstrom 87). This is why people can’t come to a decision as how these young people should be treated like.
For this reason, the underdeveloped brain cannot take the credit for why juveniles commit crimes. Author Gail Garinger says, “Today, few believe that criminal genes are inherited, except in the sense that parental abuse and negative home lives can leave children with little hope and limited choices” (Garinger 93). This is meaning that most juveniles commit the serious crimes because they see family members doing the same thing and follow in their footsteps. Others may also commit these serious crimes because they feel neglected at home and this is there way of calling for attention. The lack of maturity in the brain should not be a reason why juveniles can go into their community and take others lives away.
“New Orleans prosecutors are seeking life without parole [for juvenile offenders] in half of all cases; in West Baton Rouge Parish, 100 percent,” (“Justice for the Youngest Inmates”). Whenever a minor is found guilty of committing a crime, he or she must go through the processes of the juvenile justice system. There has been much controversy over how young criminals should be punished and corrected for breaking the law. The goal of the juvenile justice system is to rectify the mistakes that youths have committed in order to produce functional, well-mannered members of society. However, juveniles are often treated poorly after being tried and come out of the detention facilities in a worse condition than when they entered.