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Should juvenile offenders be tried and punished as adults?

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Why wouldn't they be?

    Teens want to be treated as mature adults right? Well that comes with two different sides of the coin. The good and the bad. Doesn't sound so good now. I'm all for teens and children being treated as mature adults but that means living up to adult punishments. So there.

  • Yes (Rayan Sheikh)

    They knew what they were doing. You can try and say,"Oh he's just a kid! He didn't know what he was doing with that knife". He knew what he was doing and knows what a knife can do! To use that escuse is just pathetic. Thats like a 50 year old pedo saying ng her"he didn't know that he was touching her". They need to learn and take there true punishment.

  • They should be punished

    If they commit "adult" crimes, they should be punished as an adult. Apart of becoming an adult is accepting responsibility and facing the consequences of your actions. Kids/Juveniles want to be treated like an adult etc. but when it's convenient for them, they all of a sudden "are too young, didn't know what they were doing etc"... NO NO

  • There can be no justification like faulty upbringing,childhood incidents, wrong company ,influence by adultss and internet,etc.

    If the juvenile does a crime, whatever be the reason like faulty upbringing,childhood incidents, wrong company ,influence by adultss and internet,etc.Why should the victim suffer if he/she is faultless? So i say juveniles should be tried like adults because the crime level is what matters and the age does not matter.

  • Try Juveniles as Adults

    Under many circumstances juvenile offenders should be tried and punished as adults. Many children commit their crimes knowing they'll receive a lighter punishment for being a minor. Therefore, more and more minors should be tried as adults to make them realize that they will face a strict punishment for their actions.

  • In some cases I think juvenile offenders should be tried and punished as adults.

    In some cases I think juvenile offenders should be tried and punished as adults. If the crime is malicious or severe enough I think a juvenile offender needs to have the severe punishment that an adult would receive from the same crime, if only to keep them off the streets to protect people.

  • Yes, they deserve punishment.

    Yes, juvenile offenders should be tried and punished as adults, because they are plenty old enough to be held accountable for their actions. Juvenile offenders are usually teenagers by the time they offend. They are old enough to appreciate that what they are doing is wrong, and they should pay for their crimes just like anyone else would.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • They shouldn't be punished

    Even though they might have done something wrong, you should make sure WHY they did that. Only then you can come up with a suitable punishment(if you want) depending on what they have done. By putting them in jail, they will become worse when they come out and their future will be ruined. Do you really want that to ruin you kids future?

  • NO, the should not.

    It's not a matter of "they know what they are doing is wrong". It's a matter of "their REASONING and DECISION-MAKING skills are not fully developed. The Amygdala, part of the brain that controls agression, fear, instinct, develops BEFORE the frontal cortex (part of the brain that controls reasoning and decision-making). Frontal Cortex doesn't develop until the age of 25.
    Of course they know that 'knives are sharp and guns are dangerous', but their brains are not yet capable of making the right decisions under pressure from the amygdala.

  • I think teenagers should not be punished as adults

    The reason is that in that age, usually teenagers gets into puberty and their personality became more sensitive and easy to get stressed or be mad at everything. Not even that, at teenagers usually be full of curiosity and watchs many violence movie or want to do somethings adults do. So, we really need to punish them, but not like adults, because adults punishments are for adults because they can handle it as an adults, but for teenagers, it'll be too harsh to put them into adults punishments because they're still younger and weaker than adults, so I think they should be punished as their own punishments, so they can realize what they are doing are bad and harmful things.

  • Juvenile offenders should not be tried and punished as adults.

    Juveniles should not tried and punished as adults because this is too harsh. The constitution forbids punishments which are cruel. Children are not as mature as adults and they should not be punished for juvenile indiscretions. Also, children should not be put into prisons with adults because they will be abused there.

  • Not unless it's serious

    Many juvenile offenders are young kids getting caught doing stupid stuff. Most of the time the crimes are not that serious and shouldn't follow a kid around for the rest of their life. If however the crime is serious, such as murder or a violent assault then the juvenile should be charged as an adult.

  • Juveniles should not be tried as adults

    According to juvenile justice experts, "locking up young people with hardened adult criminals did more harm than good". In addition, new scientific research has shown that teenagers' brains are not fully developed. The part of the brain that guides impulse control is not fully mature in teenagers. Therefore, young offenders should be treated separately, thus allowing for these difference in maturity.

  • They dont know

    Kids shouldn’t be tried as adults because their brains aren’t fully developed. When a child turns 18 the parents should have prepared them for adulthood. If they are not prepared then they shouldn’t get a punishment that is unfair. It can only happen if the child is past the point where he/she is crazy enough to be incarcerated. But they should not be put in jail, they should be put in a special school. No teenager should be sentenced to life in prison or death.


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