Sentencing Juveniles To Prisons

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Sentencing juveniles to prison happens to be a very controversial topic today. Many people believe that juveniles should receive the same consequences as an adult criminal and a vast amount of people believe that juveniles should be given a second chance. I personally believe that a child should not be given the same consequences as an adult so the question I would like to pose to my audience is should juvenile offenders be offered the same consequences as adult offenders? Statistics show that across the nation at least 1,200 people are sentenced to life without parole for a crime they committed when they were under the age of 18. Majority of people will argue that this justified because if a child is given a second chance they will continue to commit crimes in the future. However, this is an assumption. Nobody have conducted research on juveniles and observed their behaviors when they are given a different consequence other than prison. Also, nobody has looked at the rates of recidivism to see how likely a juvenile offender is to commit a crime again. Before research is conducted, researchers need to predict a hypothesis to test a theory. The hypothesis can be that if a juvenile is not sentenced to prison, they are more likely to commit crime again. After the hypothesis is created, the researches…show more content…
There can be a specific age range of the offenders, possibly 12-19. This survey can consist of a variety of questions to learn the characteristics of juvenile offender. Juveniles tend to commit crimes for a variety of underlying reasons, such as parent neglect, drug & alcohol abuse, childhood trauma, etc. They can create a variety of questions with the intent to answer the question why do juveniles commit violent crimes in the first place? If we do not know the initial cause of why juveniles commit crime, we cannot give them consequences
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