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  • Think of the Future

    At the young age of 13, 12, and even younger, kids all across the United States are being prepped for the careers that they will hopefully have for the rest of their lives. By the age of 14, most teens are expected to know what they want to commit themselves to to make a living. If kids are given that much responsibility and such a young age, then why can't they comprehend the consequences of violent crimes such as armed robbery and murder? The answer is that they can. While most teenagers won't be able to tell you the maximum sentence for aggravated assault, they will be able to tell you that you spend years prison. Most teenagers and kids know that the consequences of violent crimes are severe.

  • Gruesome Crimes

    Yes children should be prosecuted as adults depending on the crime. For instance, an eleven year old boy shot his father's pregnant fiance' in the back of the head while she was sleeping. This is not just a crime and case that should be taken over by the juvenile system. This is a case that needs to be taken over and put in the adult system. Now another case being a boy named Eric Smith was 13 years old when he murdered a 4 year old, strangled him, sodomized him with a tree limb, and then he went along and dropped two large rocks on his head!! If you don't think he needs to be prosecuted as an adult well....YOU'RE CRAZY!!! I'm 15 myself and I'm highly for prosecuting children as adults. Not all children should be but for kids who commit gruesome crimes like the ones I shared, then yes they should be prosecuted as adults. That's it end of story.

  • We are all equal in God's eyes.

    Kids are kids and adults are adults. I don't think that age difference should really be different for the people committing a crime. It is just not fair but then again life isn't fair. Children committing crimes should consider the consequences after the crime is committed and should learn that they need to take responsibility for their actions.

  • They know what they are doing.

    Yes, because they know what they are doing, and because if they get off early for committing a crime that is just telling them that they can commit any crime they want and they won't be tried as an adult would. That's wrong because if the people say they shouldn't be tried as an adult, what if a teenager that is 15 years old kills your child or any of your loved ones? Let me ask you this, what would you say then?

  • Yes, because society is getting crazier.

    They are crazy! These kids know exactly what they were doing, trust me. I would know - I was a kid too, believe it or not!! They made their choices and if they do something like murder or robbery they should get what they want, to be incarcerated! Everybody makes choices, and an underdeveloped brain is no excuse. When you're 10 years old that is 3,650 days of your life that you could learn what's right and wrong.

  • Yes, children should be tried as adults

    There are some cases in which children killed other kids just because "they wanted to" or "they were thrilled." If kids actually understand their actions then they should also understand their consequences. No wonder we live in a world where violence is corrupt. Younger people commit these actions and they only get a warning instead of a punishment. Kids should learn responsibility as soon as they understand their actions.

  • In certain cases

    To the "no's," imagine a person kills your child, mother, father, someone very close to you. They find overwhelming proof that this person killed them. If this was a kid, say 12 years old, would that make it any less horrible? Some kid grabbed a gun, and shot you're father in the chest. But that's OK because he's just learning? He doesn't know what he's doing? If children are not given the full consequences of their crime, especially violent ones, are they really going to learn that it's wrong? What if the Aurora shooter was 17? He's a kid so he shouldn't be thrown in jail for life or executed for the mass murder he committed?

  • No not usually.

    For smaller offenses, such as robbery, drug charges, and assault children should not be tried as adults. Children do not have the capacity to think as adults do, and sometimes do not see the consequences of their actions, and that these actions can hurt others. They also should still be given a chance to reform, and a chance at life as they are so young. Despite this for murder and other serious offenses children should be tried as adults. Especially if they are over the age of 14. They have ruined some ones life and should have to pay for that.

  • Yes, they know it is wrong.

    There are horrible cases where youth do something horrible, and they know what they did. If a 14 year old shoots someone, they should be in prison. If they kill someone, they should be executed. You don't need to be 18 to understand the results of ending a human life, and thus they will receive no compassion from me.

  • Of course they should be treated as adults.

    Well people now a days say that they are to young and that they should not be treated as an adult. I think that is wrong because they can load the gun or get their weapon so they obviously know what they are doing when they commit the crime. Really it is all their fault that they are getting charged for it and being treated as an adult.

  • Never!

    Kids are not competent enough to understand a trial! They should not have to face adult charges if they do not first go through a fair trial. Additionally, children cannot finish their education in jail, nor can they continue to grow like their peers. In jail, children will be isolated from the rest o the world. This can cause all kinds of problems such as mental disorders, attempts of suicide, and they may become victims of rape.

  • Never!

    Kids are not competent enough to understand a trial! They should not have to face adult charges if they do not first go through a fair trial. Additionally, children cannot finish their education in jail, nor can they continue to grow like their peers. In jail, children will be isolated from the rest o the world. This can cause all kinds of problems such as mental disorders, attempts of suicide, and they may become victims of rape.

  • Neuroscience shows that we are children below 18 yrs!

    We must also take note of the neurological state of the adolescent brain. Studies show that adolescence is a period of significant changes in the brain structure and function. There is consensus among developmental neuroscientists on the nature of this change, which is aptly set out in Laurence Steinberg’s ‘A Social Neuroscience Perspective on Adolescence Risk-Taking170’ – “(i) There is a decrease in grey matter in prefrontal regions of the brain, reflective of synaptic pruning, the process through which unused connections between neurons are eliminated. The elimination of these unused synapses occurs mainly during pre- adolescence and early adolescence, the period during which major improvements in basic cognitive abilities and logical reasoning are seen, in part due to these very anatomical changes. (ii) Important changes in activity involving the neurotransmitter dopamine occur during early adolescence, especially around puberty. There are substantial changes in the density and distribution of dopamine receptors in pathways that connect the limbic system, which is where emotions are processed and rewards and punishments experienced, and the prefrontal cortex, which is the brain’s chief executive officer. There is more dopaminergic activity in these pathways during the first part of adolescence than at any other time in development. Because dopamine plays a critical role in how humans experience pleasure, these changes have important implications for sensation-seeking. (iii) There is an increase in white matter in the prefrontal cortex during adolescence. This is largely the result of myelination, the process through which nerve fibres become sheathed in myelin, a white, fatty substance that improves the efficiency of brain circuits. Unlike the synaptic pruning of the prefrontal areas, which is mainly finished by mid-adolescence, myelination continues well into late adolescence and early adulthood. More efficient neural connections within the prefrontal cortex are important for higher-order cognitive functions— planning ahead, weighing risks and rewards, and making complicated decisions, among others—that are regulated by multiple prefrontal areas working in concert. (iv) There is an increase in the strength of connections between the prefrontal cortex and the limbic system. This anatomical change is especially important for emotion regulation, which is facilitated by increased connectivity between regions important in the processing of emotional information and those important in self-control. These connections permit different brain systems to communicate with each other more effectively, and these gains also are on-going well into late adolescence.

  • How come kids dont get the same rights

    It wouldn't be fair for kids to be tried as adults but not be able to vote, drink or buy alcohol, drive, smoke, ect... Kids also do not have a fully developed brain on decision making and other crucial areas that can influence his or her actions. They can also be rehabilitated more easily than full grown adults. Therefore they can enter society again and fit back in AND children do not get as much attention needed in prison AND they cannot go to school where they usually socialize with friends and get education. So I believe that children shouldn't be tried as adults.

  • childrens brains are not fully developed

    The prefrontal cortex is the part of the brain that gives a child good judgment. This part of the brain is normally not developed till about the age of 25, unless something supernatural occurs in their body triggering to mature faster. This is why I think kids should not be tried as adults in murder cases.

  • no it bad

    They should not be tried as adults because sure they can do it over and over but give them chance, they need one. They are weaker than adults and have a whole life to live and live. Some go to juvenile detention for a lesson but do not be that harsh to children.

  • Why you no.

    It's not right. I negate that juveniles charged with violent crimes should be tried and punished as adults. To ensure there are no misconceptions in interpreting the resolution, I will provide the following definitions. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law defines juvenile as an individual who is under an age fixed by law at which he or she would be charged as an adult for a criminal act. Many state justice systems consider 17 and under a juvenile. In North Carolina, a juvenile is fifteen years and younger. Black Law's Dictionary defines violent crime as a crime that violates the rights of one's person or property. Thomson Gale Legal Encyclopedia defines an adult as a person who by virtue of attaining a certain age, generally eighteen, is regarded in the eyes of the law as being able to manage his or her own affairs. My value will be sanctity of human life, which is important because every human has rights, dignity, and value. This value relates to the resolution because by trying and punishing juveniles as adults undermines the value of today's youth and what they could become. One mistake should not ruin the rest of a fifteen-year-old boy or girl's life. My criterion will be the protection of rights. This criterion is important because the rights of juveniles in the justice system, such as confidential records and rehabilitation services, are kept in place to help juveniles continue with their future. This criterion achieves my value premise because how well one's rights are protected can have a big impact on the sanctity or worth of one's life. My first contention is that juveniles are not capable of meaningful participation in his or her defense. A Criminal Justice Magazine article states, "Just as the capacities of some adults are limited by their mental disorders so, too, may some youths' participation in the legal process be limited by their as-yet underdeveloped capacities." Sentences are for a shorter time periods and rehabilitation is the focus.

  • Consistency Is Important

    Our laws should not be messy, it diminishes people's respect for them and puts our legal principles into question.
    If someone is old enough to be tried as an adult they should get the other rights at that age too.
    Some of these comments confuse me, if someone is being put away for life or executed then whether they learn anything is irrelevant. We don't put people away for life to teach them a lesson. That would be pointless because they will never rejoin regular society.
    As far as it not making it any less horrible, OK then where do we stop and why? Is it any less horrible if a 5 year old shoots your father? What about a fully grown adult who has a hallucinatory disorder and thinks he's holding a medical device and saving your father from disease?

    The point is, punishment is based on the competence of the person being punished, not on how terrible the crime is. Children are not as competent as adults, so they are not charged as adults. If you want to argue that at 17 they are, OK then if they are as competent as adults let them vote, leave their parents, sign contracts, join the military, and smoke cigarettes. Otherwise, they shouldn't be tried as adults.

  • no

    Treating a kid as an adult can be the biggest mistake a person can make. Kids at a young age do stuff just because their brains don't fully comprehend what's going on. They don't have the same knowledge as adults do. Children are just learning and sometimes along the way they can fall and it is not fair to judge them as adults.

  • Development of children is a slippery-slope

    A fair reason why children (I am assuming a "child" in this case is a person 17 years of age or younger), is that we can reasonably expect that developmentally, they are not "adults." For the same reason we don't expect a 5 year old to outwit a 10 year old, we shouldn't expect the same developmental capabilities of a 22 year old as compared to a 17 year old. Development and upbringing can shape a child dramatically and just because a teenager makes mistakes or chooses terrible choices, does not mean we should have the same reasonable expectation of them as we do an adult.


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