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Should a minor ever be sentenced as an adult for a crime?

  • Yes, there are cases were a minor should be sentenced as an adult for a crime.

    Yes, there are cases were a minor should be sentenced as an adult for a crime. In cases of premeditated murder by a minor who shows no empathy for the victim and no remorse they should be tried and sentenced as an adult. In those cases I do not believe the minor can be rehabilitated.

  • There are times when a minor should be sentenced as an adult.

    In certain very violent crimes it is appropriate for a minor to be sentenced as an adult.Some juvenile criminals can just be seen as a menace to society and the only way to keep them off the streets is to treat them as an adult.At least this would assure the public that they can be safe in the short run.

  • A minor can sometimes be sentenced as an adult for a crime.

    If a minor has committed one of the most serious crimes, he should be sentenced as an adult. It is important to keep the most dangerous people out of society in order to protect innocent people. If a minor has done a heinous, anti-social crime, it is necessary for this person to repay their debt to soceity.

  • Yes they should.

    A minor should be sentenced as an adult for a crime if the right circumstances apply. I think that anyone over the age of 13 should be allowed to be sentenced to a crime as an adult if it is bad enough like rape or murder because they should know better by then.

  • Youth Get a Second Chance

    I believe in certain circumstances it is important to sentence a minor as an adult. The juvenile system can rehabilitate some children, however there are some cases where the youth involved thinks he can get away with additional crimes. I believe when a child has numerous run ins with the juvenile system, then they should be handed down adult sentences, because even children shouldn't be given several chances.

  • Minors are equal

    I believe in some cases a minor should in fact be charged as an adult. If you look at the central park jogger. All of the minors charges were aquitted because one man admitted to the crime. That same year over 30 adolescents were charged with rape in Central Park. How many were actually charged and sentenced?

  • Minors Should Not be Sentenced as Adults

    No, a minor should not be sentenced as an adult for any crime whatsoever because a minor's brain is not yet done forming and thus a minor cannot understand the consequences of his/her actions in the same way an adult can. Therefore to sentence a minor in this way is cruel.


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