This, in part, is caused by adults directly telling them to commit a wrongdoing without thought of the consequences. This also ties in with abuse, in which most juveniles may simply not have a choice. All in all, juveniles should be tried for their age because they are not adults, but instead young individuals who can make a change in their behavior if they are given a second
When people commit crimes, there should be disciplined no matter what. Juveniles need to learn that their behaviors have consequences. Why should kids be given any less of a punishment for committing the same crime? According to one author, “Taking a life is murder regardless of the age of the offender, and the penalties to be imposed must not discriminate. After all, the victim’s life will never be returned, and the family will permanently lose their loved one” (“7 Top Pros and Cons of Juveniles Being Tried As Adults”).
Prejean presents her case against capital punishment citing “killing is wrong, no matter who does it” and that personal responsibility is the only appropriate punishment for these “monsters” (Dead Man Walking). While Prejean argues this, Van Den Haag counters with “the criminal volunteered to assume the risk of receiving a legal punishment” and “the punishment he suffers is the punishment he voluntarily risks” (Van Den Haag 3). But through
These statistics are alarming and it makes a big issue for our society. We should deal with it and make appropriate punishments for juveniles which would dissuade them from crime. The other side believes that a young offender does not really understand what he or she did. They argue that their brain is not fully developed. (Schiraldi) We as humans have sense for right and wrong.
In the article, “Why Are We Sentencing Children To Life In Prison Without Parole?”, Vincent M. Southerland and Jody Kent Lavy write “Even though they have mental disorders teens/juveniles should still pay the same consequences” (Southerland). Juveniles committing adult crimes must be given adult consequences. Their mental disabilities are no excuse for taking someone's life or commuting any other heinous crimes. If they have serious mental disorders they should not be let alone at any time because of the danger they may cause to society. Also, if depression is a serious issue in a juvenile’s life they should seek help rather than taking someone’s
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
Is a juvenile capable of committing a horrible crime, such as murder? The answer to that question is, unfortunately yes. There are many juveniles that commit these crimes, but there is question that is asked. Should they be punished as juveniles or as adults? I believe that sentencing juveniles to life in prison as if they are adults is not appropriate or fair because they are biologically different and can be rehabilitated.
Because they are able to commit a crime like murder, they are considered very dangerous. Not to mention that they should be given an adult charge because otherwise they will get out of jail and do it again. By giving them an adult charge they can learn not to do any crime, and that crime is not okay because you will not get off easy. Juveniles shouldn't get off easy for doing something such as murder because they took someone's life. It also wouldn't be fair to the family that lost someone if they didn't get an adult sentence.
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
Sexual assault has students on campuses living with shame, embarrassment, and pain, which affect the victims and those around them. This horrendous crime has destroyed many lives and continues to do so, especially when the crimes go unheard. Education is an important part of our society in the world we live in today and is vital for progression. When someone is given a proper education, they receive many additional opportunities that one wouldn’t have other wise and when an individual goes to school they should be able to learn without being harmed in any way. Unfortunately the safety of being on campus is under question as an alarming number of people on campus have reported being sexually assaulted on campus.
Destiny Colon I definitely think that malingering or faking insanity should have an added punishment for the offender who is trying to get away with the crimes that they committed. I feel like if they have some sort of way to show the offenders that malingering will cause more harm than good, there would less false insanity pleas (even though the numbers are already low). Malingering only really postpones the trail and makes it harder for everybody involved in the case. Zanathul Ahmed I do think that the media likes to exaggerate the amount of times that someone actually pleas for insanity. It’s a much more compelling story for a show if they have someone raving about they’re crazy.
Therefore, once a despicable act has been committed by a child he or she becomes labeled as a violent criminal. This concept is known as the superpredator; that violent youths criminals, mini adults who should be doing the adult time for committing adult crimes (Bourgeois 150). This lead to the common idea that violent children are no exception to the law and should actually be detained as soon as possible to prevent further crimes. Since this term was brought into use it has proven to be widely inaccurate as there exists no evidence that young children involved in violent crimes became more frequent or more violent than their counterparts. The idea of superpredators thoroughly criminalizes children who have committed heinous acts because the children become defined by their crime leading many to believe that no matter the age,