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.
In the article, “On Punishment and Teen Killers,” Jenkins tells us that teens don’t have their brain well developed, so they need to act in a mature matter in a way they don’t cause any more trouble. The quote states, “But this actually disproves juvenile advocates’ reliance on the “underdeveloped brain” argument. If brain development were the reason, the teens would kill at roughly the same rates all over the world. They do not. Advocates often repeat, but truly misunderstand brain research on this issue”(Jenkins).
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
Why children under 16 shouldn’t be tried as adults We are in the 21st century now, I don’t think it’s very fair if children are charged as adults due to the fact that their brains aren’t very developed just yet. It’s shocking the amount of children behind bars for life, due to crimes they committed as children. Children face more dangers in prison and it could affect there mentality long term if they are sent away to prison before their minds are fully developed. Children also have no sense of wrong or right, before their minds are completely developed they cannot be held accountable for their actions, while in prison they face the dangers of sexual assault, being beaten or even killed as they are younger and more frail than the other inmates may be, they could even end up joining a prison gang. Like the racist neo-Nazi white supremacists and other such groups.
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
Coporal Punishment which is the act of violence toward a child who has misbehaved is argued by many to either be abusive to the child or helpful. Some people argue that children which expierence coporal punishment are more likely to grow up and become vandals and thieves while others argue that coporal punishment makes a child tougher and prepares them for the real world. While Coporal Punishment was more accepted in the past its acceptance is declining more as we head to the future. The media has made Coporal Punishment feel wrong and abusive and while parents might still approve of it, they might not feel pollitcally correct talking about it. In my opinion Coporal Punishment can be effective but can also be abusive depending on how your
Imagine having your child being taken away. Imagine all the pain and suffering you would go through having to see your child who isnt even 18 yet in handcuffs in a court room fighting for their freedom. I believe teenagers should not go to jail and be charged as adults if they are between the age of 13-17. It is bizarre to put someone in jail who isnt even considered an adult yet. The intention of this essay is to open your mind and let you see that by putting a child in jail not only are you damaging their future, they arent old enough and you have multiple ways to penalize them.
Some children are old enough to understand what they are doing, and others have no idea. When these children use their weapons, others are killed, and these children can get prosecuted. Child soldiers should be given amnesty because they are not fully responsible for their actions, they join without fully knowing what they are doing and for reasons other than wanting to fight, and they should be rehabilitated instead of being prosecuted. Child soldiers should be given amnesty because they are not fully responsible for their actions. Often, child soldiers are doing what they do because of drugs or because they are being forced to.
Juvenile Experimentation and Consequences In today’s society, juveniles are being prosecuted more and more for crimes that they commit as teenagers, and even pre-teenagers. To quote Mrs. Frizzle, a child should “take chances, make mistakes, and get messy”, but in today’s society that is discouraged, and can even lead to lifelong consequences. The government views juveniles as always self aware, and can give people sentences for crimes that they commit when they are children that ruin their whole lives. The influence of government on juvenile justice is too strong, because of the lifelong consequences experimentation and mistakes can have on an adolescent. The act of sexual intercourse is a natural occurrence.
But this actually disproves juvenile advocates reliance on the “underdeveloped brain” argument. If brain development were the reason, then teens would kill at roughly the same rates all over the world(Jenkins 91). This is something that doesn’t happens, you won’t be seeing teens around the world murdering people. Brain development is just something people don’t understand how it really works and use this argument to try to lower criminals culpability. In conclusion as to how to treat teens who commit crimes I would say that it really depends on how serious is the crime they commit, but I believe that juveniles that are 15 and older should be convicted as adults because they have taken some responsibilities at that age and are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong in certain situations.
The programs offered in a juvenile detention center are tailored to the needs of juveniles. A young adult needs to learn how to respect the law. Being incarcerated with adults can and will lead to possible extortion. When placing a child in that type of environment, more than likely they become that environment. It opens doors for them to become unresponsive to necessary treatment.