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  • Age doesn't matter.

    Juveniles should be incarcerated if they commit a crime. Age is not an excuse to break the law. You should know right from wrong at a very young age which our laws say what is right and wrong in society. The law does not discriminate on age. If you do the crime, you do the time.

  • Juveniles are criminals too.

    I think that protecting juveniles from the justice system does more harm than good. It is entirely probably that, for certain crimes and certain ages, that juveniles know the consequences of their actions. They should not be spared incarceration. If you break laws like an adult, you should get punished like one.

  • Yes it is sometimes necessary

    Yes in some circumstances juveniles should be incarcerated. If they create bad enough crimes and need to be punished then they should be punished. This should not be the case in every situation but there are some times it is necesarry. It is up to society to do what is in the best interest of everyone.

  • Juveniles should be incarcerated.

    Juveniles should be incarcerated. They should have the same punishment as anyone else who commits a crime and be sentenced appropriately. Too many youths are creating horrible crimes because they know they can get out of it in the justice system. I believe if they are able to do the crime then they are able to do the time.

  • In a juvenile only prison

    I feel as long as the person understand and realizes exactly how horrible the crime they have committed truly was, then yes, juveniles should also be incarcerated in an all-juvenile prison. It doesn't matter if they under 18 or not, murder is still murder, and they deserve to be punished.

  • Yes they should!

    I'm writing a speech about this for debating right now, and I believe that they definitely should. These people have committed a crime, and, the maximum age of understanding right from wrong is 14. Meaning, 14 and above, you have a very serious chance of being punished, and this is completely okay.

  • Yes, juveniles should be held responsible for their actions

    Even young people are capable of making decisions, and are able to distinguish between right and wrong. When a juvenile commits a serious crime, he or she should be held to account the same way an adult would be. When juveniles are incarcerated, more effort should be put into rehabilitation than perhaps would be for an adult inmate.

  • Yes, but not in mainstream prisons.

    The mentality of 'under 18 is a free pass' is a part of a larger problem. While I do NOT feel that minor infractions done before legal adulthood should impact the rest of a person's life (who hasn't done something spectacularly stupid when they were a kid?), I do feel that we need juvenile centers to show them that there ARE consequences. This would be a type of group home where they are required to maintain school work, do chores around the house and learn useful tradeskills in the meanwhile (with notation and credit given if they wish to pursue said trade as a profession).

  • Yes: Within Reason.

    Yes they should be sent to mainstream prisons if they have committed a higher level of crime, rape, and killing are some examples. Anything under that should be sent to a facility (still in 'jail') for delinquents were they would be forced to do tasks that would show them what they have done is wrong and the usual jail life. (3 meals a day, recess time, typical crap.)

    All in all yes.

  • Yes, but not in mainstream prisons.

    The mentality of 'under 18 is a free pass' is a part of a larger problem. While I do NOT feel that minor infractions done before legal adulthood should impact the rest of a person's life (who hasn't done something spectacularly stupid when they were a kid?), I do feel that we need juvenile centers to show them that there ARE consequences. This would be a type of group home where they are required to maintain school work, do chores around the house and learn useful trade skills in the meanwhile (with notation and credit given if they wish to pursue said trade as a profession).

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  • Only if we get all the adult rights

    Sure, juveniles should be held responsible for their own actions because even they can make decisions. However, if a juvenile is to be incarcerated or tried as an adult, I think it is only fair that they should be allowed to:

    1) Vote
    2) Drink
    3) Smoke
    4) Drive
    5) Engage in intercourse
    6) Be independent of their parents
    7) Go to work without additional regulations that normally apply to minors but not adults

    Posted by: WXL
  • Really, you crazy people?

    Instead of incarcerating individuals under the age of eighteen we should firstly investigate what is the reason any youth would commit a crime worthy of such harsh punishment, as majority of the time it is due to issues at home, school or peer pressure. Secondly, we should help them, not just throw them into jail. We need to show them compassion and help them get through these dark times. Lastly but definitely most importantly we need to invest in alternative methods to incarceration such as better rehabilitation facilities which provide specialized help.

    In fact a perfect example are our very own neighbors New Zealand, as part of the crime and justice act, part 3, section 22 youths are not to be convicted of an offence of any act done. New Zealand have instead in-forced policies that regard better follow ups to these cases instead of immediate incarceration and have also invested in better technology in order to help decrease the number of crimes committed by people under the age of eighteen. And guess what!? Its working. The amount of crimes committed in New Zealand according to Statistics New Zealand, is in fact decreasing rapidly at at least 300 crimes per year. We should follow in their footsteps towards a society in which there is less juvenile crime.

    As time goes by technology improves and whats the use just sticking to old methods when the world around us is developing rapidly. Before we know it we have various ways of decreasing the amount of crimes committed such as better counselling and rehabilitation facilities as well as many more experts available to help and guide these adolescents. Before the 1950s many Judiciaries were limited to incarcerating the offender or issuing a fine and many individuals couldn't afford to pay the fines in the early 1900s therefore as consequence for not being able to pay the fine they were sent to jail. Even many children as young as eight were incarcerated but now we have moved on and we have many more alternatives which are not only much more reasonable but also a lot more effective. Alternatives consist of conditional sentences which is more commonly known as probation in which the offender is very closely monitored. These days we have ankle monitors. Boot camps and rehabilitation centres are also better and more modern.

    But you maybe wondering. Will these actually work?? Well did you know that Incarceration actually causes more harm than necessary?? It in facts harms the individuals chance of rehabilitation!! We all need to bear in mind that we are talking about juveniles, young people and the harm that incarceration would have on the juveniles offender and their family includes loosing contacts with employers and maybe even removal from their family support network which would have long term consequences.


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