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Should violent adolescents be treated as adults in the criminal justice system?

Asked by: drsyjeon
  • Violent adolescents should be treated as adults in the criminal justice system.

    Violent individuals, no matter that their age, need to be removed from society in order to protect everyone else. If minors have committed a violent crimes, the need to be punished accordingly. It should not matter if they are minors. Since they didn't want to follow society's rules, society should not protect them.

  • Yes they should

    Yes I think that adolescents who commit violent crimes should be treated as adults in the criminal justice system. Violence should not be tolerated. Everyone knows that violence is not the answer and that committing violent and/or heinous crimes is not ok, no matter what the age. These crimes are not "accidents" and they should be punished in the same way adults are punished.

  • Yes,adolescents should be treated as adults in the criminal justice system

    Yes,violent adolescents should be treated as adults in the criminal justice system.They seem to be able to commit adult crimes so they should face the same punishment as adults.They will never learn their lesson if they do not realize that they will face long terms in prison if they continue to commit violent crimes.

  • Violent adolescents should be treated as adults in the criminal justice system

    Violent adolescents should be treated as adults in the criminal justice system. This is because of the fact that a majority of adolescents that commit violent crimes do so knowing that they won't be tried as adults. If they know that they will be tried as adults, they will be much less likely to commit the crime.

  • Violent adolescents should be treated as adults in the criminal justice system.

    Violent adolescents should be treated as adults in the criminal justice system. If they are willing to do the crime then it should not matter their age and they should be punished accordingly. It is not fair that just because of their age that they are getting a different sentence.

  • Their Victims Are No Less Hurt Because They Are Adolescents

    If you're old enough to do the violent action, you should be old enough to face the penalty for it.

    After all, the victims of their violent actions are no less hurt or harmed just because they were adolescents.

    If an adolescent kills someone, that person isn't somehow less dead because the perpetrator was an adolescent.

  • Agree, though it depends.

    This is too hard to answer in a binary way because it depends on the crime. I said Agree in the context of, let's say a 16 year old commits mass murder. Should the fact that they're 2 years away from being a legal adult prevent them from getting the same punishment as anyone else? I don't think so. At 16 you still know what you're doing.

  • No, juveniles should not be treated as adults.

    I don't believe that juveniles should be treated as adults or housed with adults for their offenses. They are still young and learning who they are and how to behave and could simply have lacked proper guidance at home and still have a great potential to change their ways. It's not always necessary to give someone such a stiff punishment for mistakes they make while they are still learning and struggling with being a teen.

  • NO! They're still too young, and can learn from mistakes.

    I'm terrified of the amount of people who think that children and adolescents deserve the same punishment as adults. When you're young depends too much on your parents and your peers. So many teens do things for acceptance; fear, or lack of support is a reason too. We know being violent isn't right, we know they deserve punishment so they can change their manners. But they need HELP too, but without help, keeping them behind bars for years and years we aren't making it right, we are making it easy. If we give them the support they need, maybe we can found people who will make this world a better place. Young people deserve a punishment according to their age. But at the same time they're in jail, we need to give them mental help. So they can get out of there as better persons, not people full of hate to society. When they see injustice, is when they repeat their violent behavior. The world doesn't help them, why do they have to help the world? We reap what we sow.


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