Should juvenile offenders be tried as adults? Why?
I would like to thank the opponent for instigating this debate. Before I start with this debate, I would like to define several terms that would be essential in this debate.
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The opponent has brought up a story about juvenilles violating crimes. I feel obliged to bring one up too. This is a story of a girl, whose life was troubled from the beginning, and whom is now serving jail for a crime she, as claims state, "comitted in the name of self defense". Her name is Cyntoia Brown. She has been in jail for the last 6 years; now 25, she comitted a crime when she was at the mere age of 16. She ran away from home at the age of 14, and was working as a prostitute at the age of 16, for men aged 25 to 26.
As she explains, Cyntoia thought she was running "to", not "from". However, this was a very bad decision; as she explains, she and another runaway became addicted to drugs. Cyntoia, initially a very bright girl, now became a runaway living off on the pleasure of rouge "boyfriends" She was, at one point, became a prostitute for a "boyfriend" who was snorting marijuana and abusive at many times.
Psychology proves the worth of childhood experiences; and this shall be proven again. One day, Cyntoia was walking down a street when a man named Johnny Allen parked besides her. He invited her into the car, and went to a fast food restaraunt; after buying her some food, he took her home. After watching television and eating, Cyntoia was invited to the bedroom. She initially wanted some sleep, but Johnny insisted that he wanted to have sexual intercourse with her. After several attempts, Cyntoia took a .44 caliber gun and shot Johnny Allen through the back of his head.
Cyntoia, 16 at the time, was trialed according to adult laws. She was given life imprisonment.
Cases like this aren't rare at all. It is stated that 1 out of 2550 juvenile offenders are trialed to life imprisonment without any hopes of parole. Cyntoia won't be egligible for parole until she reaches the age of 67. She would not be free until 2056, 50 years after comitting a crime she insisted that she comitted on the grounds of self defense. 
Governments are misunderstanding the current day youth; they are not the law-abiding type of the 50s, nor are they the hippie-styled rock lovers of the 70s. The current day youth is a product of the digital age; we have access to everything in the world. We are rebellious because of our cultural influences; because of the amazing media that controls our brains, and because we are raised in a different manner from our predeccesors.
Combine our rebelliousness with the fact that our brains aren't fully developed yet; now we see that our youth can be a pain at times. We can commit several grave errors that would effect our lives forever because our minds aren't fully developed in the areas of consequence analyzing yet. But this can change.
Governments would now have to change their policies in dealing with juvenile criminals; instead of increasing penalties, which would lead to the violation of children's rights, we should do introduce programs that would eradicate the causes of these offenses; counselling programs, media censorship, and better education (for the youth) in the areas of law. These policies would lead us into a better world and a more law-abiding youth, at no cost, as opposed to raising the law to an absolute status and violating the rights of the child that were declared and agreed on years ago.
Keep in mind; I am not here to defend juvenile criminals. They deserve punishment, but not the same punishments as adults, who we look up upon as being responsible people, are given. Their freedom deserves to be taken away from them, but they still deserve minimal freedom. If we are to raise penalties for these offenders, then make room for more offenders, make more money for more lawyers, and make more pride to compensate for those lost in violating the rights of the child.
It would be unjust and immoral to trial any juvenile offenders as adults, in any case. They need help; they do not need to be punished.
I hope this is a satisfactory response; I am on a limited time schedule today, and I wish the opponent the best of luck in his next argument.
Jtparker1 forfeited this round.
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