The Pros And Cons Of Juveniles

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The exact definition of a juvenile is a “young person” who has yet to reach their 18th birthday. The average life expectancy of someone living in the U.S. is about 79 years old. Proposition 21 of 2000 allows juveniles to be considered and tried as an adult, as well as receive adult punishment such as life sentences. If a juvenile receives a life sentence before they reach adulthood, that 's more than three-fourths of one’s life gone to incarceration all because of proposition 21, (“California Proposition 21”). Juveniles this age don’t even have a fully developed brain and also can’t fully understand the circumstances they’re in. Juveniles can be good kids inside and out, but if they somehow manage to be involved in a heinous crime, they suffer the chance of being incarcerated for up to life. With that being said, courts should not be given the power to grant juveniles with adult sentences because the environment around adult prisons are far too violent for people under the age of 18, therefore, proposition 21 of 2000 and other sentence enhancements should be abolished to lessen the severity of juveniles’ punishments and instead give them a bigger chance at rehabilitation.
When juveniles receive such harsh sentences, such as sentences adding up to the majority of their life in prison or their life as a whole, more often than not they tend to lose hope. They really don’t have much to look forward to. Unfortunately, instead of giving kids a chance to do things that could
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