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Should juveniles who commit sex crimes be tried as adults?

  • Yes i agree

    Some minors are old enough to take their own self responsibility and understand what they are doing so if they are 14 years old they should be tried as an adult.IF annyone neither adult or children have sex with minor below age of consent should be convicted to rape and get punish.

  • Yes,of course they should

    All country over the world has set their age limit which is so called,age of consent.And if anyone neither adults or children have sex with minors below the age of consent is wrong and should be illegal,no doubt about it.In my point of view if children should be tried as adult.

  • Juveniles who commit sex crimes should be tried as adults.

    Juveniles who commit sex crimes should be tried as adults because of the severity of the crime. It is important to keep sexual predators out of society where they can harm others. Sexual criminals should be punished as severely as possible in order to deter more potential criminals from making the same mistakes.

  • Yes in some cases

    I don't think all juvenile sex crimes should be tried as adults. I think there needs to be a case by case review and decision made each time. Age, motive, background, prior history all should play a part in deciding whether the case should be tried as an adult or a juvenile.

  • Juvenile Sex Crimes And Adult Penalties

    Without a doubt, juvenile offenders that commit sex crimes should be tried as adults more often than not. These teens tend to understand that they've commited a heinous crime. They might even understand that they'll receive a lighter penalty as a minor. Therefore, they deserve to be tried as adults more often.

  • Yes they should.

    Yes because if ANYONE should commit a sex crime should get full punishment. Well you wouldn't last all that long in a federal prison unless you get put in P.G. If you didn't get put in P.G. You probably would lose your life if your cell mate found out what crime you have committed.

  • Juvenile Cognitive Development

    Studies show that we don't reach fully mental maturity until age 25. Children do things without thinking them through as the consequences of their action.
    We also need to clearly define what is a sexual offense. Playing doctor? Curiosity? These are not sex offenses, yet we are putting juveniles on lists that haunt the for the rest of their lives for something they did at age 10, 11, 12? Utterly ridiculous! We need to parent them, tell them what is acceptable and what isn't.
    For those who raped someone, yes, they need consequences, but we don't need to treat them as adults. Shoot, we are even too tough on adults!

  • No, they are still children

    Used to be children's records were closed because it was understood that children are not adults and not responsible. Today kids have no childhood. They are exposed to sex and violence, then expected to have the reasoning of an adult. They can't vote or drink, then they should not have to pay the rest of their lives for what they did as a child.

  • No, they are still children!

    In most states, any child under 18 is considered a victim of a sex crime regardless if they gave consent or not. Why the double standard? Juveniles' brains are still forming and there is voluminous research affirming that juvenile sex offenders especially have very low recidivism rates. Throwing a child in prison and labeling them a sex offender for life for something they did as a child or teen is not helping anyone, it's ignoring the reasons why the child committed the crime and doesn't do anything to stop it from happening again. All juvenile offenders need to be made to appreciate the impact they have on their victims and go through treatment, and treating them as adults basically ensures the rest of their lives are destroyed. What about a child or teen who is acting out because THEY are being abused? Do they not deserve justice as well? Stop basing laws on emotions. One day it will be YOUR child or loved one.

  • No, they are still children!

    There's a reason you can't smoke, vote, enlist in the army, or live by yourself until you're 18 or drink until 21 - the same reason that in most states, any child under 18 is considered a victim of a sex crime regardless if they gave consent or not. Juveniles' brains are still forming and there is voluminous research affirming that juvenile sex offenders especially have very low recidivism rates. Throwing a child in prison and labeling them a sex offender for life for something they did as a child or teen is not helping anyone, it's ignoring the reasons why the child committed the crime and doesn't do anything to stop it from happening again. All juvenile offenders need to be made to appreciate the impact they have on their victims and go through treatment, and treating them as adults basically ensures the rest of their lives are destroyed. What about a child or teen who is acting out because THEY are being abused? Do they not deserve justice as well? Stop basing laws on emotions. One day it will be YOUR child or loved one.

  • No, very rarely

    I don't think there should be a special exception made to sex crimes when deciding to try a juvenile as an adult. Currently there is a system set up where a juvenile could be tried depending on the situation and we should keep that system the same no matter what the case is.

  • Depends On The Juvenile

    I believe it should depend on the juveniles past actions. I believe if a juvenile as already committed multiple crimes then there is no reason for them to receive multiple chances and everyone benefits when a juvenile is tried as an adult. However, if this is their first or second problem, then it's best to leave them in the juvenile system.

  • A child is a child

    A child cannot be held to the same standard as an adult.
    They are not giving the same rights as adults, so there for they should not have the same punishment.
    There is also the fact that children are by no means developed enough to be accountable.
    Children are not adults and cannot be held to the standard of adults not even if we are talking about sex crimes.


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