Juvenile Crimes

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Many people have disregarded the fact that children too can commit despicable crimes; crimes that not even adults would think about committing. Juveniles have had their era in in being able to manipulating courts to give them a lighter sentences for their so-called “mistakes”. These juveniles have made puerile excuses to try and exonerate their actions by blaming their impulses, rather than taking accountability for them. Juveniles should be tried as adults due to being aware of their crimes and having an intention to kill, however, brain development and maturity can play a role into the reason why teens kill. With being tried as an adult juveniles should be granted the opportunity of freedom pending on their rehabilitation status and if requirements …show more content…

With all circumstances considered, an intention to kill does not qualify as a misguided action. Jenkins explains, “After a series of other crimes, he planned the murders for months, carefully and privately. He did not act on impulse or because of peer pressure. He was not mentally disabled-in fact was quite intelligent. But he got a rush out of breaking the law and ultimately started work on his other plan for mass murder at a local bank” (91). The juvenile had the mindset to inflict pain upon on another person, therefore there is no plausible reasoning to excuse his crime. He murdered innocent people to feel a sense of satisfaction with himself and fulfil his demonic needs. The A&E Documentary presents another case in which the perpetrator intended to kill an innocent life was Nathaniel Abraham who was 11 years old at the time when he killed 18 year old Ronnie Greene with a gunshot wound to the head. Abraham, having a disruptive path, stole the rifle he used to kill Greene from a neighbor. While shooting at trees, Abraham claimed to have allegedly missed the intended tree as it hit Greene in the head. Later evidence revealed that Abraham had in fact intended to kill someone (“When a Child Kills”). Although Abraham had a preconceived idea to kill, he was sentenced as a juvenile with the ability to be let out at the age of 21. Considering that Nathaniel Abraham …show more content…

Many have argued that teens should not be tried as adults because of having an immaturity to them and an underdeveloped brain in which influences the rational thinking of a teen. Although these arguments are very reasonable, to say that teens are not aware of their crimes, would only invalidate their statements. Juveniles are aware of their wrongdoings and they choose to commit foul play on innocent lives. These perpetrators had an intent to kill someone, they did so to feel satisfaction or to perhaps seek approval of someone. Furthermore, if teen killers are tried as adults, they should also be given the opportunity of liberation once they turn of age. Failure to show successful rehabilitation, the teen will have to complete their sentence, living out their days knowing that their crimes could have been prevented. Works Cited Anderson, Scott. “Greg Ousley Is Sorry for Killing His Parents. Is that Enough?” New York Times Magazine. 19 July 2012. Web. 11 June 2012. “awareness.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, 2011. Web. 22 Feb. 2018. Blakemore, Sarah-Jayne. “The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain.” TED. June. 2012. Lecture. Garinger, Gail. ¨Juveniles Don 't Deserve Life Sentences.¨ New York Times 15 Mar. 2012, New York ed.: A35. Print Jenkins, Jennifer Bishop. “On Punishment and Teen Killers.” Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. 2 Aug. 2011. Web. 11 June 2012

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