Juveniles in the justice system need an alternative to incarceration because incarceration has been proven to increase criminal activity instead of providing a rehabilitation system for the juveniles. Juveniles in New Orleans are being arrested at a high rate for non violent offenses. Most juveniles who commit non violent offenses are tried as adults in court (Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights). After juveniles are convicted they are subjected to incarceration which leads to trauma and an increase in criminal activity (Hasselle). Also, while the juveniles are in prison they lose essential educational opportunities , because of the lack of
Race should not matter being a black does not mean they are little adults, that is races. I would have thought the opposite of blacks given the history blacks are supposed to be "ignorant things" that do not know any better, while whites of any age were looked as little adults for being such a "superior race". Solitary confinement is torture causes mental breakdown at any age but more damage in minors. Once they are released their total mindset is destroyed and their whole childhood was taken away. I think there should be other ways to discipline young teens before sending them to jail or being charged as an
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. Because of the seriousness of juvenile crime in this day and age, most states have already lowered the age limit for juvenile court jurisdiction from 17 years and are prosecuting more children as adults depending of the seriousness of the crime. Some criminal justice and child welfare scholars argue that younger children do not have the mental capability or experience to weigh the consequence of committing a crime and much less understand the implications of a criminal record in their future. Furthermore, they note that most juveniles grow out of criminal behavior as they mature out of the system and in
In the video What I Learned as A Kid, the speaker mentions how jails are actually supposed to rehabilitate juveniles in prison, but does the contrary and how he would hear people in jail talk about their future crimes they will commit once they get released. What this proves is that juveniles in jail aren’t going to come out different from when they came in because they didn’t receive any help at all all this does is give them more time and space to think about what other crimes they’ll do next. Keeping them forever in jail without being able to get out isn’t going to help them. Rather if you give them life sentence juveniles won’t be able to realize they can be different human
There are many questions and arguments to whether or not a juvenile should be sentenced to life in prison for murder, or not. In my opinion, I do not believe that juveniles should be sentenced to life when murder is committed. Many argue that an adolescent 's brain is not fully developed at this time in their life. I do agree to this statement, to a certain extent. Most juveniles are fully capable of knowing the difference between right and wrong, but I do believe something throughout their adolescence, something traumatic had to have happened to trigger the individual to commit such an action.
One of the alternatives is that it gives the juvenile a second chance to redeem themselves if they 're not tried as adults for their crimes. Instead of spending the rest of the child’s life in jail they can go into rehab and hopefully continue on to a better path. Life in jail as a minor is considered a cruel and unusual punishment because they are at higher risks of rape and sexual assault. Philip Holloway from CNN was taught that minors are more salvageable than adults. I slightly agree with that statement because children barely started living their lives and their brain is not fully developed unlike an adult where their brain is.
There are many different statistics that show different percentages of juveniles being tried as adults. Many people would say that we should be protecting the children and not taking out vengeance on them and they are too young to take on such a weighty legal responsibility. If the child is old enough to commit the crime, then they should be punished for it. Several reasons explain why they should be tried like they will understand the
The opportunity for a one-time juvenile delinquent to have their record expunged would probably come at the end of a chapter in their life that they would like to forget. At one time or another in our childhood, we did some things that we were not proud of and would want to forget. For the most part, we did it out of immaturity or simply not considering the consequences of our actions. I have come across a lot of juveniles in my life and even some adults were the only thing that separates my story from their story, is one or two bad decisions. I have come across criminals who have had similar or better childhoods than myself.
If young children know committing murder, rape, or selling drugs is wrong, the older children should know it too. The threat of this harsher punishment will result in lowered juvenile crime rates. A juvenile who is tried as an adult could end up being scared straight, which will deter them from continuing to break the law (Pros and Cons of Juveniles Being Tried As Adults 2). People and some parents believe once juveniles have a taste of real life through punishment they will change. The difference in age in two people should not determine their punishment if they have committed the same crime under the same or similar pretenses (“Equal Punishment for Adults and Juveniles.” 3) Just because they are not the same age does not mean they should be subjected to different punishments.
The majority of Supreme Court cases that result in the death penalty are mostly to protect people from these people who can go out into the world and hurt others because they have been released instead of kept in prison. Most of the children who are sentenced to these life sentences have committed murder that we would normally not believe a child their age could do. The children who commit these crimes are well aware of what is wrong and what is right or else a lot more kids would be committing crimes. The children who are sentenced to shorter sentences run the risk of being the same without having some sort of counseling, they could grow up to be criminals, and the children could influence others to do similar crimes if they are released.