14 Year olds who have been convicted in adult court of 1st degree murder should be sent to adult
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A child would not know, without proper guidance, how to survive in prison. According to the NY Times article, "In Prison, Teens Become Prey," "Youth advocacy groups report that juveniles housed in adult facilities are 36 times more likely to commit suicide." While youths should be jailed for committing serious and heinous crimes, they should not be forced to commit more crimes, or worse, kill themselves, because of the harsh environment of adult prisons.
It is constitutional.
The Eighth Amendment states, "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." The sentencing of a 14 year old to adult prison is not a cruel or unusual punishment for the crime. The crime, first-degree murder, is defined as, "an unlawful killing that is both willful and premeditated, meaning that it was committed after planning for the victim." Pre-meditated murder is enough to argue for being punished in adult prison. It is not wrong to send teenagers who are 14 years old and committed first-degree murders to adult prisons.
Moving on, children in adult penitentiaries hurts not only the children, but also the society. What does it say about the society we live in, who would rather sentence a child who doesn't fully understand the repercussions of his actions, to an adult prison where they would more than likely kill themselves, or commit worse crimes because of how easily influenced they can be at such a young age? The 14 year old should be given a sentence of four years in the juvenile system, then transferred when they are actually able to not only defend themselves in adult prison, but also better understand their actions, at the age of 18.
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Vote Placed by Bennett91 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro was too focused on punishment and did not address adequately Con's more nurturing approach to the problem.
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