Crimes are happening around us whether we pay attention to them or not. Those crimes as dangerous as murder are committed by all ages but should younger criminal in their juvenile age received the same punishment as older criminals. On June 25, 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that juveniles committed murder could not be sentenced to life in prison because it violates the Eighth Amendment. (On-Demand Writing Assignment Juvenile Justice) Advocates on the concurring side believes that mandatory life in prison is wrong and should be abolish. However, the dissenting side believe that keeping the there should be a life in prison punishment for juvenile who commit heinous crime regardless of their age.
Many Americans argue that teens should be tried as adults for the violent crimes they commit. Teenage murder rates have been increasing over time. Yes, there are people that think these teens shouldn't be tried as adults because of how young they are. However, I disagree, these criminals that get released are mainly the juveniles who committed adult crimes. I believe that teens should be tried as adults for many reasons.
In this essay, I will be arguing that juveniles should be tried as adults in cases like murder. I believe juveniles should be tried as an adult because as human beings, we are in a state of mind, even if we are not fully developed, the victim's family will be in total grief and if they aren’t tried as an adult they will not understand the full consequence and will perform more crime and if they are tried as an adult will better themselves in prison. Juveniles should be tried as an adult because they are in a state of mind, meaning they know right from wrong even if they’re not fully developed age wise. Thompson states, “Even though normal teens are experiencing a wildfire of tissue loss in their brain, that does not remove the accountability”.
An article that made me change my mind is one by Jennifer Jenkins in which she talks about how her youngest sister was murdered by a teenager in which many people defended by saying that teens brains aren't fully developed and how easily it is for the youth to get weapons here in America. In the article Jenkins wrote about how a friend of the criminal testified that the criminal said this was one of his “thrill kills” this just proves that the criminal was definitely planning it and it wasn't because of brain development, he allegedly wanted to “see what it would feel like to shoot someone” this means he intentionally did it because of the “curiosity” he had
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.
It’s mind blowing how the justice sentence can convict somebody solely off an eye witness testimony, especially if the eye-witness isn’t accurate. “Eyewitness misidentification is the greatest contributing factor to wrongful convictions proven by DNA testing, playing a role in more than 70% of convictions overturned through DNA testing nationwide.’’ (Eyewitness Misindentification,2017) Immediately after reporting the crime, the victim was taken to a hospital where a rape kit was administered, and swabs were taking from her body. Days after the rape the victim was also shown two photo lineups of suspects, however she didn’t identify anyone. Following the attack, the victim moved from San Antonio to Dallas. The case remained unsolved for a little over a year, that was until Dallas detectives mailed another photo line up to the victim in San Antonio, where she subsequently chose Lindsey as her alleged rapist.
To conclude, teenagers should not be tried as adults due for the reason that some are not mature enough to understand the adult ways, like voting. Teenagers can act up for any reason and go through dangerous paths due to the lack of proper nurture. Lastly, they might not intend to commit a felony only for
Juveniles should be charged as adult not only because of their age but because of the crime they committed. According to all cases of teen killing there is 1,300 that has been sentenced as an adult to life. Is not right to put a child behind bars because they're brain is not fully developed so they're not mature, but a crime is a crime. At the young age of 12, 13, 14 even younger kids most of them are expected to know what they want to commit themselves to to make a living. If kids are given that much responsibility and such a young age, then why can't they comprehend the consequences of violent crimes such as armed robbery and murder?
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
In today's society there are more kids committing horrible crimes that people see as a crime that only an adult can commit due to the age difference. Whether it may seem as if it's just a kid being a kid there are many factors that take play into the reasoning of the kids actions like not fully developed, mentally ill, family abandonment, easily influenced, not raised right or not a stable home. I believe that children should not be prosecuted as adults for many reasonable reasons considering more than the way they are portrayed. Youths are often taking after others without them realizing if that person does the right thing or not, not even thinking about what the consequences may be. Therefore, a child should not take full fault of the actions