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Should juvenile offenders be tried and punished as adults?

  • A crime is a crime.

    No matter what the convict has done, a crime is a crime. If ANYBODY commits a crime, then they should be tried as an adult. Even if their brains aren't fully developed, which is the main argument for the con side, they have to sit and think, "hey, let me just commit murder! I'm a kid, so if i want to do it, then I'll have to do it now while I'm a kid, otherwise I might get a life sentence!" They can obviously see why murder, rape, and other felonies are something they shouldn't do. If they are in a depression, or have another mental disability that causes them to commit such a crime, then they should be either receiving psychiatric help or in prison, not waiting a couple months before coming back into the streets to commit another crime. The court system is also designed to be fair, so even if they are kids, they still get a fair trial by jury, so they could still be proclaimed innocent if it is called for. I'm doing this for an 8th grade project and reading the cons made me write this, so here.

  • I think juvenile offenders should be tried as adults.

    First of all, a crime is a crime no matter what your age is. Also, by the time you are the age of ten, a kid knows right from wrong so if you make wrong choices and know you are, you shoukd have to pay. Hopefully, once your time is done, you will know that you have made a bad choice.

  • Should juvenile offenders be tried as adult?

    My personal opinion is that juvenile offenders should be tried as adults. A violent crime is illegal and if they are already comitting a crime they should be punished so they learn their lesson. Age shouldn't matter a crime is a crime. They know what they were doing and they know that if they murder or hurt somebody and get caught they know where they are going.These are the reasons why I think juvenile offenders should be as adults.

  • Juvenile offenders should be tried as adults.

    If a teen and an adult commit the same crime, what makes the teen any better from the adult? Teens will never learn from their mistakes if they don't know that there are consequences for their actions. How is it any different if a teen kills someone rather than if an adult kills someone. It's the same crime therefor, they would have the same punishment.

  • Juvenile offenders should be tried as adults.

    If a teen and an adult commit the same crime, what makes the teen any better from the adult? Teens will never learn from their mistakes if they don't know that there are consequences for their actions. How is it any different if a teen kills someone rather than if an adult kills someone. It's the same crime therefor, they would have the same punishment.

  • Yes, I think they should be put in jail

    I think that teens should be put in jail because if they are old enough to commit a violent crime, hold a knife or gun, or something of the like, then they should be punished appropriately for the committed crime . If a teen can do something that most adults won't and know not to do, then they should be put in jail, especially when they know it was wrong to do

  • They knew what they were doing

    They knew what they were doing with the knife or the drugs, they knew what they were getting themselves into. They know right from wrong. If it was because of self defense that is a different story, but if it was on purpose and or planed they deserve jail time.

  • Put them in jail!

    They did the crime now pay the time. They still did the crime right that is messed up to kill, rape etc. Also sure there brains were not fully developed but they are old enough to think on there own and I am sure they knew what they were doing was wrong did they stop no so leave them in jail.

  • They are kids

    Most of the times the crimes in everyday life as adults are overly punished, like loud music= 18 months or so in jail. Kids don't know this crap, and they should be given a chance to improve there doing. And those teen killers out there, most of them are doing it because of self defense, because they have messed up parents. So juivie gives them a chance to improve themselves, making them into a better and bright future

  • Lock 'Em Up!

    I think if they are old enough to sit there and think of committing a serious crime and actually putting the effort into fulfilling it with a mind set that they are harming another person or doing something that is against the law and they know better they shouldn't be treated any differently than the average adult because in the end, we are all human and we all do bad things that should be brought to light and should have consequences!

  • Just read the damn argument then talk

    You know we are juveniles and the age of juveniles is 0-17 but the age we commit most crimes is 15-17 and in age 14-17 you go through something called puberty, do you adults know what it is? Of course you do when all of you adults where young you wanted to show of in front of the cute girl or a cute boy and wanted to be accepted from the people you where hanging with. And you needed to do a lot of dumb stuff to get accepted for example
    Stealing cigarettes from a store
    Rob someone
    Start to smoke when your not an adult
    And so on. But now you think are perfect so you can judge us. Have you heard when people say " you learn from your mistakes"? Yeah that doesn't mean " if you do something wrong I'm gonna put you in jail for 43 years" I know this won't help but yeah bye/James

  • Just read the damn argument then talk

    Because we are child's or juveniles we are going trough something called puberty and you know when you're going through it you always want to show of. In front of girls, your squad or the people. And of course you want to get accepted so you start to do things to make others expect you (it's hard to say no in this period of the age 14-17) and if we commit a crime we shall get help before getting punished for example rehabilitation if we commite a crime, don't judge us, help us instead just because we make mistakes doesn't mean that you are perfect. This won't help a lot but people please help us before you punish us/ james

  • Sending kids turns them into criminals for good with little hope of rehabilitation.

    Kids are not yet finished growing. As such, their experiences are going to be paramount into what kind of individual they will turn into. With high risks of sexual abuse and violence and strong punishment to the tiniest "wrong" behavior, jails is itself a role model of a crime lord for young offenders.

    I believe we should prevent crime rather than punishing it whenever we can. That makes fewer victims. As such I believe we should try children with consideration to their future development and every psychological evidence points that punishing teenagers as adults is harmful.

    That doesn't mean we shouldn't lock up young offenders, just that we need t separate them away from adults and give them more care to make sure they turn into respectable adults while it's possible.

  • Look to Science!

    Would you try a mentally insane person the same way you did an average adult? No. You'd likely send them to a mental institute. Would you try someone in between that state the same way as either one? No, you'd likely give them a lighter sentence. Teenagers brains are not fully developed until about 20, (17 in girls and 25 in boys) and are likely still in these stages when tried for a crime. What does this really mean? At their teenage years, the prefrontal cortex is not completely finished developing, so it doesn't measure risks correctly. But that alone isn't the problem. Neuroscience has also proven that the part of the brain responsible for assessing rewards lights up more in teenagers than adults, and even younger children. It's like trading in the 1500's with a broken weight. This basically means that while they understand there will be a punishment, they don't fully comprehend it, putting them between and adult, who has fine weight, and a mentally unstable sociopath, who probably doesn't have one. This article about sums it up: http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/teenage-brain2.htm

  • Juvinile offenders shouldn't be tried as adults

    Juvinile offenders shouldn't be tried as adults because they're not mature enough to understand the conciquences to what they do, also in jail they can get beat up, they also won't get the education needed in an adult jail. They shouldn't be tried as adults. They are only kids not adults.

  • Juvinile offenders shouldn't be tried as adults

    Juvinile offenders shouldn't be tried as adults because they're not mature enough to understand the conciquences to what they do, also in jail they can get beat up, they also won't get the education needed in an adult jail. They shouldn't be tried as adults. They are only kids not adults.

  • Teenagers should not be tried as adults

    Juvenile offenders not should be thrown in adult jails because they are some going threw puberty and are very sensitive to and they get really stressed out.They also are not grown up they need their parents to punish them for their wrong doings. Last but not least the teens could go to jail and like it and never want to leave.

  • They chose to do the crime, so they can take the time.

    If you lined up an adult and a juvenile that both did the same crime, the adult would be going to jail, so why shouldn't the juvenile? The juvenile may be dangerous and might not learn from their mistakes if they don't go to prison/jail. So yes they should go to jail.

  • They aren't done growing up; And we knew this before neuroscience

    Children need time to grow and to learn. That's really what should be emphasized. We could observe this long before neuroscience just by watching children. They are in a new environment and have to learn how to adapt to it. All the neuroscience stuff is just a description of those mechanics. In fact this adaptation to a new environment will result in brain changes no matter what adaptation it is. London Taxi Drivers grow new neurons in the posterior hippocampus. Of course this sort of development and adaptation is irrelevant to avoiding trouble with the law, unlike the development and adaptation of children. That's why children should not be tried and punished as adults.

  • They aren't fully developed

    If you go into science you will learn that a brain takes time to fully develop, girls it is the age 17 while guys it is the age 25 until there brains are fully developed. So why should they be punished when they don't exactly know what they are doing.


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