Some people believe that juveniles shouldn’t get sentenced to life in prison because of brain studies, age, and the way of living. Recent brain studies have suggested that teenagers suffer from brain-tissue loss, this might be the reason why they commit idiotic decisions. In Gail Garingers article “Juveniles Don’t Deserve Life Sentences” she states “Young people are biologically different from adults.” Then she talks about the young adolescents being sentenced to die in prison. Also how there is a myth about the superpredator and how children are hopelessly
Once a child is tried as an adult they are isolated and do not receive the attention they need. Trying them as adults will only make matters worse due to their inability to interact with society once set free. The opposing side displayed that research suggested adolescents squeezed through the adult system are more likely to come out as violent career criminals than similar kids handled on the juvenile side (Lundstrom 88). This is false, due to researching more about each child it has came to my knowledge that a majority of kids released had a tendency to go back in to jail for committing other crimes such as theft or assault. Speak of Alex King, whose’ story of “Angels of Death”,
“juvenile offenders cannot with reliability be classified among the worst offenders”: they are less mature, more vulnerable to peer pressure, cannot escape from dangerous environments, and their characters are still in formation (Juveniles Don’t Deserve Life Sentences). I understand why juveniles are less mature and not as aware as adults, but they should know the difference between right and wrong. If a juvenile is of the age 10 and up, than they should have the mindset to know what the right and wrong thing to do is. When a juvenile engages in an atrocious crime they should know why they did. Juveniles that commit heinous crimes, such as murder, should be sentenced to life in prison because their mind is developed enough to where they are conscious of what they are performing.
It is not likely that parole would be given. I believe that most offenders will not rehabilitate and should not be given another chance. But for those who go through all of the steps that are offered to them to redeem themselves. Parole should granted and if they prove that they have rehabilitated, those few should be given that chance. But for the most part, for the most wicked juvenile's, parole should not be given to them.Adults that have committed crimes that
These children go through very different experiences than their peers outside jail walls, face many challenges during their time in jail, and have difficulty adapting upon release. Placing children and teenagers in jail results in negative effects rather than rehabilitation. The juvenile justice system in America is complex and varies from state to state, but the overarching purpose is to rehabilitate youth offenders. It processes nearly 1.7 million cases a year and overall handles most of them the same way (“Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System”). When those under age go to trial, their sentence often is decided by how likely they are to be rehabilitated and learn from their mistakes (“Juvenile justice”).
With as many as 200,000 adolescent entering the adult justice system each year, controversies arise regarding whether young criminals should be tried as adults. Many troubled adolescents as young as 13 years old are thrown into the adult jails for decades; thus, the current justice system has a reputation for meeting juvenile crime with harsh sentencing. However, are these punishments truly rehabilitating young criminals to one day become a law-abiding adult? For the kids living behind the adult prison walls, there is a greater negative impact on them rather than the necessary guidance to help them grow as a person. It is evident a criminal record can ruin an adult’s life let alone one of a juvenile.
They believe that he would have been better off without Prop 21, and he would have turned into a much better person. “He was punished, he was taken off the streets at- during the time period when he was most likely to commit another crime.” Ed Jagels commented. “You can’t afford to spend an inordinate amount of time feeling sorry for people, no matter how young, who are willing to commit
Children are not permitted the same rights and responsibilities an adult has. A child doesn’t have the same standards as an adult has. A good example is children don’t get to join the military as an adult could they must be 18 years and older to join the military. Teenagers don’t make the same decisions as an adult would. “With appropriate treatment most children who commit crimes, even the most violent crimes, can be rehabilitated and become responsible adults.”(Berger) The reason why is because their brains are still changing they are still going throw a change they are still growing.
Children that are tried as an adult and receive a guilty sentence will put the adolescent at risk, the child will not have a punishment limit, and the hopes of the child will be corrupted. The adolescents still have a whole life to go through and having the child tried as an adult will be a risk. Most people think that if a child is roomed with an adult then everything will be fine because the adult will protect the child; what the people do not know is what the criminals can do. In Parsell personal experience, he stated “I [also] had been raped in prison at 17…On my first day, I was drugged, gang raped, and turned into sexual chattel” (The New York Times) and what sexual chattel signifies is turning an innocent person into an
Juvenile crimes some see their actions and think that they should be responsible to the fullest while others believe that they should be punished due to the circumstances. On June 25, there was a debate whether juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) should be a thing. There were many arguments that suggested that the juveniles should convict to life without parole stating that it's not all on them the family and home environment that the adolescent lives in plays a huge role in how they respond to certain actions. Also, sentencing juvenile life without parole is also seen as a violation of one's' Eighth Amendment which states had no human should face cruel or unusual punishment. There are also the ones who believe that the juvenile life without