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Should children face the same penalties as adults for crimes?

  • Old enough to do a crime, old enough to receive the same punishment.

    When a heinous crime is done and the reason for that is told as innocence then it just doesn't make sense. Punishment must be given accordingly when crimes like robbery, theft are done, because in this case of a child there are more chances of him being innocent. But if it is a heinous crime then there is NO chance of him being innocent. Therefore, equal punishment must be given for all age groups if heinous crime is done.

  • Old enough to do a crime, old enough to receive the same punishment.

    When a heinous crime is done and the reason for that is told as innocence then it just doesn't make sense. Punishment must be given accordingly when crimes like robbery, theft are done, because in this case of a child there are more chances of him being innocent. But if it is a heinous crime then there is NO chance of him being innocent. Therefore, equal punishment must be given for all age groups if heinous crime is done.

  • Yes in the future.

    The world of today is off, and unfair as well as just plain dumb.
    But in the future, when true equal rights come in, equal changes for people, as well as a fair justice/law system, etc.
    Then they should, just because they are at a younger age, does not mean/change the deeds they did.
    Let me put in a example for you:
    let's say if i would murder about a 100 people, and then i am going to claim that i do not know what i did. And because i did not know what i did, i am allowed free.

    What is wrong here?
    Exactly, just because i claimed not to know what i did, does not mean i should simply be allowed to walk away.
    Because it is not words, heritage, skin color, age, gender, words, or social status that defines who i am, the deeds i do define who i am.
    And so it goes the same with children.
    If their parents did not teach them how to life fair in this world, and teach them right from wrong.
    Then that means that the parents did a bad job at preparing, it is like baking bread, if you do it fine or right, it will come out fine or right, but do it wrong, and your bread is done for.

  • Yes in some cases

    There are cases where children should face the same penalties as adults. This is not every case but the option should be there for them. This way if there is a case where the kid obviously needs to be tried as an adult then the prosecution can do it. It should be a rare case.

  • You Should Only Get One Second Chance

    I think a lot of times children learn that their penalties in the juvenile system are minor and they start to believe they can get away with far more. I think in cases where a child repeatedly breaks the law, they should be tried as adults, rather than stay in the juvenile system.

  • yes it should

    Kill rely Kills I am old enough to know that committing a crime is wrong and that if I commit one, I will be punished. Anyone who says teens can't tell right from wrong is either too old to remember what being a teenager is like or they are a teenager who has committed a crime and don't want to be tried as an adult. In either case, they are wrong. All teens know that killing is wrong, yet they do it anyway and get away with a light sentence because of their age. Even if a teen didn't know it was wrong, it doesn't mean it's right. They should still be punished. If they aren't, they willthink that crimes are okay and continue to commit them.

    Teens today don't fear the law because they don't think they will get caught. And if they do, they know they have a good chance of getting off because they are tried as teens and not adults. We have to get tougher on crime. There should be a law that everyone over eleven years old will be tried as adults. That way more teens would be discouraged from committing crimes. They would know that murder would get them a very long sentence instead of staying in juvenile hall until they are eighteen

  • Children shouldn't have the same treatment as adults

    Just saying that the rational part of a brain isn't fully developed and won't be until he/she is 25 years old. By the age of 17 you are an pre adult. They should be sent to juvenile jail center. But below the age of 16 they shouldn't be treated for the same treatment as adults.

  • They don't know what they're doing

    Honestly, children don't know what they're doing or the consequences of it most of the time. I mean if it's a seventeen year old, then they probably do. But how on earth would a five year old know that murder is wrong if they grew up in a bad family or something? They really wouldn't know anything. Even a teenager doesn't have the greatest morals ever. Maybe in extreme cases like murder, children in high school can be tried as adults, but otherwise, I really don't think so.

  • Under 7, no.

    I think anyone above the age of 10 or so should be tried as adult; however, a child, say between the ages of 3-7, may very well not understand what they are doing because they simply do not have the knowledge from basic experiences they would encounter in their lives.

  • Not All Children Deserve Adult Punishments

    In the criminal justice system, not all children should face the same penalties as adults. Only the most serious juvenile offenders should be tried as adults. These minors have shown a penchant for committing heinous crimes and deserve adult punishment. However, simple offenders shouldn't reserve such harsh treatment in court.

  • Children are not as mentally mature as adults.

    Children are not mentally as mature as adults. They are not capable of comprehending their actions or understanding their own accountability in the same capacity as adults. They do not have the ability to comprehend the severity of their actions or how to connect such severe penalties to their actions as adults.

  • Children should not face the same penalties as adults

    Just because a child committed a crime that resembled that of an adult does not mean that they should be tried as adults. A child should however forgo a different form of punishment that would help them eventually make more positive decisions later in their life. If a child committed a crime in first place it is because they are not very bright or have been taught bad things by their parents or friends.


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