In PBS’ “Stickup Kid”, a man named Alonza Thomas was threatened with a gun by a man and was ordered to rob a store when he was trying to go back home. Alonza tried and failed to rob the store and was charged as an adult and given 13 years of jail time. This evidence shows how unfairly he was charged for a crime he was forced to do. Alonza had no choice but to commit the crime because the man put him into a position between life and death and Alonza had no choice but to save his own life. In Adam Foss’ TED talk the speaker says, “In the fall of 2009, a young man was arrested...He was 18 years old..He had his sights set on college but his part time minimum-wage job wasn’t providing the financial support he needed to enroll in school...In a series of bad decisions he stole 30 laptops from a store and sold them on the Internet.”(Adam Foss).
Committing a crime that is heartless should be punished, but in this case children should be punished in an appropriate way. The children throughout are clueless in what is being done and it won’t help if life is locked away forever. Having a child in room with adults, who may do inappropriate actions, will traumatize the adolescent’s life. Just because curiosity killed a cat does not mean the child’s curiosity should lead them into being tried as an adult and destroying their
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. I agree that abolishing the mandatory part but not abolishing the whole Juvenile Life Without Parole sentence because I believed that there are cases when a juveniles should get Juvenile Life Without Parole while there are juveniles who should not deserve it. Some deserve it because they non-repentance killers or to be serial killers while other should not deserve it because of the circumstances required them. Juveniles who killed people without any mercy should be treated as an adult and be given Juvenile Life Without Parole(JLWOP). For example, the murderer of Jennifer Jenkins’ pregnant sister and her husband.
In the article “Life sentence: is life without parole for juveniles cruel and unusual punishment?” by Brown Dontae and Adele Birkenes talks about juveniles getting charged as adults. This article shows how 14 year old Jackson committed murder by shooting the store clerk. Jackson and other robbers where trying to rob some video games. It didn’t turn out so pretty so they shot the man. The author for this article thought she was too young to be sentenced to life in prison.
Also on that same article it say “ Nathaniel Brazil , now is fourteen, charged as an adult with first-degree murder. He returned to Lake Worth, Fla middle school and shot to death and English teach, who would not let him say good-bye to two girls on the final day of class.” This quote explains on how Brazil stately killed his teacher because of how he felt he let his inner feelings control and that is mostly how some teens commit crimes. Although, some facts backs up on why juveniles should go to jail my claim is true enough more important that they shouldn’t because it states how kids are kids they see things and learn from it. Next, it wouldn’t be right to let a juvenile’s go to jail where grown men sexually abuse other men it’s just harsh. Overall, I think juveniles should not be convicted as an adult because their children not an adults even if they made an adult decision.
Juveniles Justice Juveniles who are criminals being sentenced to life without parole can be shocking to some people. I believe if a juvenile is able to commit a crime, then they are able to do the time. The article “Startling finds on Teenage Brains” talks about how the brain can be different from the time you are teens to the time you are an adult. After, considering both sides on juvenile justice it is clear that juveniles should face life without parole because they did the crime so they can do the time. Also I believe the juvenile’s age should not influence the sentence and the punishment give.
Minors should be tried as adults because they made the same mistakes as adults. If they had the guts to break the law, they should have the responsibility to face what they did. Age does not matter because it's just a number. What matters the most is for justice to be served how it's supposed to be. I feel if a child decides to make a huge life changing decision they should have to suffer the consequences.
A 17 year old made the decision to drive drunk and killed an innocent live and since he can't get life in jail or be put to death he will get out in a few years, and what does this mean for the community, who's to say that he won't make another dumb decision that could kill someone else or himself. If juveniles who killed someone were sentenced to life in jail or sentenced to death it would make the community safer because then they will know that someone who has done something extremely bad wouldn't be able to do anything like that ever again, it would be safer the community and the citizens within it. When they get out of jail they can get mad at someone and possibly kill them, i think that when the supreme court made the rule that juveniles under 18 cannot be put to death or have a life sentence they should have also thought of peoples safety not about how anyone under 18 has their whole life ahead of
Juveniles should not be imprisoned for life without the possibility of parole! In the Frontline documentary “When Kids Get Life” we are introduced to 5 cases in Colorado where teenage boys had been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Over 2,200 juveniles have been convicted of crimes and sentenced to life without parole in the 46 states of which have judicial waiver laws. Nathan Ybanez, Trevor Jones, Jacob Ind, Erik Jensen and Andrew Medina are the teenagers profiled in the documentary. The documentary shows five cases that dealt with felony murder.
Those under the age of eighteen do not have the legal rights given to adults; since we do not treat them as adults, it does not make sense to sentence them as such. Biological studies also have found that teenagers make impetuous decisions and cause trouble because their underdeveloped brains lack the ability to look at future repercussions for their actions. Moreover, teenagers are still at an age that they are easily influenced by their environment.They succumb to peer pressure which can push them into doing crimes by the virtue of wanting to be accepted. Furthermore, they should be placed into the juvenile justice system, a safe environment in which allows young criminals to learn from the mistakes they make, rather than into adult jails, a place in which harden criminals could physically and mentally harm them. To sum up, the United States justice system should not try adolescents as adults because there are many neurological and external factors that differentiate them from adults; moreover, it is a must that we reform the United States juvenile justice system in order to help these
It opens doors for them to become unresponsive to necessary treatment. This leads to a bigger problem. Keeping them with their peers gives them a better chance of being rehabilitated. Influence plays a major part in juvenile’s rehabilitation. Sending a teen to adult jail is not the answer.
How do that sound? A kid being charged as an adult for a crime, he was more and likely manipulated to do. Kids don’t just act out in such behaviors for no reason. Something’s either wrong, lack self control due to functions of the brain or influenced by our adults and were trying to send them away, instead of getting them help; he is just sentenced to life. Kids should not be tried as an adult because their brains are not fully developed,