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Should juvenile offenders be tried and punished as adults?

  • 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 know exactly what they're doing.

    There are many examples of bad things happening around the world. Whether its murder, rape, or even robbery, its happening. Its on the news all the time! Unless these kids are semi-retarded, they know what's good and bad. Like I said, its happening all over, unless these kids have been in a hole their whole lives, they know what they're doing. Besides, they're minds are developed? Really? That's the go to excuse when they pretend to be little angels for the jury.

  • Juvenile offenders should be tried and punished as adults.

    Juvenile offenders should be tried and punished as adults. Depending on the crime and if they hurt someone seriously then I am for it. I do not think juveniles should be allowed to commit an adult crime and not be punished as such just because of their age. If they can commit adult offenses then they can be punished as one.

  • Of course they should

    I'm pretty sure a child who's 13-17 years old knows that knives are sharp. I'm pretty sure they know guns are dangerous. If a 14 year old broke into your house and killed your loved ones when you were sleeping, would your first thought be, "oh, well he's just 14, he didn't know what he was doing when he put a gun up to my spouse's head and pulled the trigger. His brain isn't as developed as mine, so it's okay." NO. I bet money you wouldn't.

    Stop giving CRIMINALS excuses. These kids are criminals. Children who have no remorse for killing people or stealing things or assaulting people don't have remorse either because 1) they are sociopaths or because 2) they think they're untouchable. And right now, not giving them serious punishments is making them untouchable, under law.


    So when a juvenile is 17, their brains aren't developed but as soon as they turn 18, POOF, they're developed? No. No.

  • 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.

  • Juveniles should never be tried as adults

    I do not think people younger than 18 should ever be tried as an adult. The consequences and dangers are endless. For example, a 17 year old boy, James Stewart, was placed in isolation in county jail after killing another driver while he was drunk driving. Also, scientists have found the part of the brain that guides impulse control is not fully mature in teenagers. That's why I believe trying a juvenile is unjust, cruel, and an unusual punishment.

  • Unfair Trials Of Bad Decisions

    I do not believe juveniles should ever be tried as adults. Trying someone who is to young and undeveloped in the decision base of the brain as an adult is unfair. Also ninety percent of teen offenders do not become criminals so why force them to be treated like criminals.

  • 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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