Pros And Cons Of Lowering The Minimum Age For Criminal Liability

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minimum age for criminal liability. Likewise, police and local authorities maintain that child offenders should not be given any special privileges for the crimes they committed. Since they know that they will not be sent to jail, this gives them the confidence to continue committing crimes. Moreover, law enforcers observe that the higher minimum age is an excuse to organized rings to recruit and use minors in carrying out their illegal activities. They are aware that these minors are protected by the law and could not be sent to jail. Existing juvenile laws are being taken advantage hence, child offenders keep on committing various crimes. However, they could not be sent to jail but must be turned-over to DSWD or their parents as mandated by law. On the other hand, UNICEF, social workers, psychologists, and human rights advocates to name a few, strongly oppose the lowering of minimum age. They believe that children in conflict with the law should neither be tried as adults nor punished but instead, should be rehabilitated. This controversy prompted Pulse Asia Research Inc. to conduct a nationwide survey on March 15-20, 2017 about the minimum age for criminal liability. Data showed that 55% of 1,200 adult Filipinos do not agree with lowering the minimum age. They want to keep it at 15 years old. In contrast, only 20% of the respondents believe that juvenile offenders aged 12 should be punished. While 9% agree to lower the minimum age to nine. But will lowering the minimum
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