A number of parents have suggested that children should not be convicted as adults for their crimes because children don’t have the same mentality as adults and act without reasoning of the consequences they have for committing such a crime. Children’s brains aren’t fully developed so they have a habit of imitating what they see in TV or from a role model they look up to. Children most of the time are forced to commit a crime by the friends they hang out with and are scared to walk away or say no. In the article “Kids Are Kids” the author states that “Today we are witness to criminal defendants - facing life sentences without parole - who cannot shave, still play with fire trucks, and love to act out scenes from TV or video
Most of the time when a teen makes a bad choice something gets broken, they screw up in class or hurt someone's feelings. Then their are kids who make a bad choice and someone gets killed. Teens should be tried as adults for felony crimes in order to rehabilitate, bring justice to the victims and to keep the streets clean of these threats. Some people can learn from their mistakes but some can not. According to “What is the Law in California?” written by the non-profit organization Campaign for Youth Justice, Proposition
There are several Psychological theories that could contribute a path to delinquency. They include psychodynamic theory, the attachment theory, the moral development theory and the behavioral theory just to name a few. In researching information on Eric Smith, I believe he had several underlying issues that contributed to his violent senseless crime against a helpless little boy. I feel the lack of moral development was a huge factor that caused this youth to explode. Eric Smith was 13 years old, in 1993, when he murdered Derrick Robie, a 4-year-old little boy.
Meaning that teenagers aren’t adults yet. Another reason why teens shouldn’t be charge as an adult is because teens commit crimes without thinking what they are doing and they’re still kids. Teenagers make mistakes because they are young and stupid. Some of the teenagers don’t deserve to go to jail and get charge as an adult. For example, Nathaniel Brazill was 13 years old when he was guilty of shooting a middle school and charged with second degree murder.
There are other alternatives beside adult court for juveniles who commit serious crimes. Many minors who commit serious crimes and are put into adult jails under complete lockdown are driven to insanity, provided not all the children who killed did it just because; for a lot of them it was self-defense, and if you put them in a separate section in juvenile hall with other kids who committed crimes like their own then they can have positive interaction but still be kept under lock and key. Should those youth who were protecting themselves be condemned to living in solitude for the rest of their lives for defending his/her self? There are always alternative choices. There is always a right and a wrong even if the lines are blurred.
Juvenile Justice Essay In the United States, there have been many cases where a juvenile would be found guilty and be tried as an adult. There are other cases where those juveniles are tried as adult forever. I am against charging juveniles as adults when they commit violent crimes, the juveniles lose many educational opportunities and the adult system is far too dangerous for the young juveniles. Juveniles are also young kids but only the fact that they do not get the same amount of education or experience that other teens gain. According to the article The Steep Costs of Keeping Juveniles in Adult Prisons by Jessica Lahey, the author states that the juveniles “lose more than their freedom when they enter adult prisons; they lose out on the educational and
With this being said, all of the negative factors that make up the above mentioned methods of punishment, neglect to provide what the children really need from rehabilitation; treatment. Juveniles with alcohol and drug related offenses go untreated, mental health problems are ignored, and learning disabilities are overlooked. Rehabilitative options are becoming vaster within our communities. The reform has led many to developing new programs based off of research findings and pros and cons from the attempted rehabilitative methods mentioned above. The ideal was rehabilitating, but the methods were all wrong.
I feel that the sex offender registry is has gotten out of hand. I feel that it should be for certain offenders that have been psychiatrically evaluated over time while they are in prison and in regards to the type of crime they committed. The registries now are so cluttered with "offenders" who would never repeat offend due to the situation such as a statutory rape conviction which is usually one person over 18 and the victim within 2-3 years age difference. It ruins that person's life sometimes only due to a pissed off parent of the victim. I also feel we shouldn't allow offenders out of prison without treatment FIRST.
For example, crack increased the risk of contracting STDS. Crack made people engage in “high-risk sexual behaviors”. It makes sense that crack has this effect on people as crack impairs a person’s judgement. Studies showed that the number of HIV infections was 2.4 times higher for smokers than for non-smokers. Once a person has HIVs, it was incurable and sometimes led to death.
I was beaten. I was made to do things that no human bein’ would want to do”. It’s difficult to grow up in an abusive environment, it can impair the child’s self-esteem; it affects them by not having a normal life. One of the causes of serial killer’s experience as children is being abused or neglect. Robert Ressler and Tom Shachtman interview dozens of killers and founded that there was a similar pattern of severe childhood neglect.