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Should violent juveniles be treated as adults in court?

  • Yes

    Because they have committed the same crime. And also if they are even 5 years old, they need to be punished for the crime they've committed, because if they get away with it, it will become a habit that they carry on till later life. Definitely they should.

  • Absolutely

    Yes, children who commit serious crimes should be tried as an adult. I am in a situation now where a juvenile has committed a crime against my child, and they are wanting to try the juvenile as a kid and try to "rehabilitate" him instead of punishing him for what he did. While I do agree this juvenile needs serious mental help, he also needs to be punished for what he has done. So yes, juveniles that commit a serious crime should be tried as an adult.

  • Accountability is a positive thing!

    The sooner a child is held accountable for their actions, the sooner they will learn that there are consequences for their actions. That is a positive thing. If they did not receive this understanding in their upbringing, than why not give it to them the moment they commit a crime. That is the best gift they can receive. The sooner the better while their minds are still developing.

  • Yes, because I have a brother who robbed our family's own home.

    I have a brother who has stood in front of the judge more than three times, all because he broke into our family's home. The judge blamed my mother and father instead of blaming my brother. It's only a matter of time before he takes somebody life or somebody takes his.

  • I do believe young kids that comitted serious crime have to be tried as adults

    It's this simple. For example, murder. When kids murder, it is obvious that they lost their innocence. So for having a child be tried on court as an adult, it doesn't really make a difference on them doing their crime. It means that they're already NOT innocent for people to have pity on them because they're gonna be tried as an adult.

  • Kill rely Kills

    I am old enough to know that committing a crime is wrong and that if I commit one, I will be punished. Anyone who says teens can't tell right from wrong is either too old to remember what being a teenager is like or they are a teenager who has committed a crime and don't want to be tried as an adult. In either case, they are wrong. All teens know that killing is wrong, yet they do it anyway and get away with a light sentence because of their age. Even if a teen didn't know it was wrong, it doesn't mean it's right. They should still be punished. If they aren't, they willthink that crimes are okay and continue to commit them.

    Teens today don't fear the law because they don't think they will get caught. And if they do, they know they have a good chance of getting off because they are tried as teens and not adults. We have to get tougher on crime. There should be a law that everyone over eleven years old will be tried as adults. That way more teens would be discouraged from committing crimes. They would know that murder would get them a very long sentence instead of staying in juvenile hall until they are eighteen.

  • Yes they should learn the consequences and parents should raise them right.

    I think that, if for instance a 15 year old killed another 15 year old, then they should serve the time. If you understand the difference between right and wrong, and you blatantly went against it, then they should be tried as an adult. If adults have to go to jail for killing or committing violent crimes, then they should too, after all, they are going to grow up to be an adult. Unless the teen has a mental disability and they don't understand that what they did was wrong.

    They need to understand that you can't get away with everything, but this all still goes back to the parents. If the parents of today actually start being parents and stop letting TVs and video games etc. raise their kids, then we wouldn't have all this to begin with. Parents, the Bible says "train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn away from them." If parents neglect to raise their kids properly then how do they expect them to act in the future?

  • Without a doubt

    My brother was murdered by his 16 year old step son because he told him to turn the TV down. He was unarmed and not a threat. My answer may be biased based on my situation, however a 16 year old knows right from wrong. They KNOW that murder is wrong. If they want to make an adult decision like taking someone's life, then they should have to pay the adult consequence.

  • He should not be considered as a human at all

    No point in considering a juvenile as a kid or a human being when he commits such a heinous crime towards a woman. The so called juvenile was the one who tortured the lady the most on the night of 16th December, according to sources from media. So, why should the justice be biased. If he does this when he is a juvenile (according to age) what would he be doing to women when he is an adult?

  • Violence is NEVER an option and this needs to be reinforced everyday!

    Somehow age doesn't seem reason enough to justify or dilute the intensity of crime committed. We need to teach our children that violence is not acceptable EVER. And that those who commit violent offences will be answerable, irrespective of their age! Just like we have positive reinforcements for all the right things we do, there must be strong actions taken for such violent crimes.

  • NO!

    I think Juveniles should get a second chance. They still have some growing up to do. These young kids deserve to have a chance at the real world. Maybe they need to seek help. They might have grown up in that type of enviroment. No one knows their situation. I think juveniles should be helped, not punished. They need a chance to change their path of life.

  • Should kids who commit adult crimes go to jail?

    Imagine a younger sibling or a younger cousin of yours, curious and happy, not having a care in the world. They have not yet seen the dangers of the world. Now, picture this in your head, picture there usually happy faces are now covered with fear and a sad face. Once they were free but now they are wearing shackles around their arms and their legs, shackles to big for them, shackles meant for someone older. Shackles not meant for them. Imagine if the last time you saw your younger sibling/cousin you saw them, you see them getting escorted into a big metal cage and you watch as the door slams right in their little faces. It would be awful seeing that. Kids under the age of 16 should not go to jail, even if they do commit the heinous of crimes, because they are children.

    Adolescents are old enough to understand the difference between right and wrong, but they are too young to make the right choices yet. As Laurence Steinberg, Professor at Temple University, says “The teenage brain is like a car with a good accelerator but has a weak brake.” Studies have shown that based on adolescent’s brain development, adolescents are more likely to act on impulse, misread social cues and emotions, and/or engage in risky behavior. Adolescents are less likely to think before they act, or pause to consider the potential consequences of their actions. These brain differences don’t mean that young people can’t make good decisions or tell the difference between right and wrong. It also doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be held responsible for their actions. It just means that adolescents are not able to make wise decisions.

    Another reason why kids shouldn’t go to jail is that it is wrong to hold kids to adult standards. Children are not permitted to the same rights as an adult because of their inability to make wise decisions.Scientists have identified a “specific region of the brain called the amygdala which is responsible for instinctual reactions including fear and aggressive behavior.” This region develops early. However, the frontal cortex, the area of the brain that controls reasoning and helps us think before we act, develops later. For adolescents, this region of the brain is not fully grown yet.With time, this part of the brain is still changing and maturing well into a good adulthood, and with that, good decisions. So why should children be held to adult standards when they don’t have the same rights as them. For an example we don’t say, “This is a very important election so let’s let the kids vote”, right, so why should people say, “This case is different and this kid deserves to be treated as an adult and locked away in prison”. It doesn’t make sense.

    Lastly, children who commit crimes, even the ones who commit the most unforgivable of crimes, can be rehabilitated and become responsible adults.

    Children should not go to jail because at the time, you were too busy doing this and probably not thinking about your actions as you did. You just knew that you needed to have/do this, you weren’t thinking of other people. It’s after you got caught and were punished for it, that you reflect on your actions. You were punished for it, but you weren’t locked away for it. When it came the time again for that decision, you had learned better than that. But you didn’t even have to be locked away for that did you, You learned from your mistakes. We all make mistakes. Children who commit serious crimes still have the ability to change their lives for the better. It is now up to up to the adults to help them, and lead them out on the path of life This is why children under 16 should not go to jail.

  • It's the parents fault.

    It is the responsibility of the parent to raise the kid not to be a bad Criminal, that or long enough for the kid to grow up and be old enough to be consider (the legal age). After that it is not the responsibility of the parent to take care of the child, or be held responsible for their actions. Until then if someone brings a kid into this world they should take full responsibility for the actions of there child.

  • Are they adults?

    No, they are not adults. Seems absurd to think otherwise. Do they have the rights of an adult? Before committing the crime, are they considered an adult? After committing the crime, if not a felony, are they now able to vote? Are they now eligible to be drafted? Flush your emotions and think about this logically.

  • Should kids who commit adult crimes go to jail?

    Should kids who commit adult crimes go to jail?

    Imagine a younger sibling or a younger cousin of yours, curious and happy, not having a care in the world. They have not yet seen the dangers of the world. Now, picture this in your head, picture there usually happy faces are now covered with fear and a sad face. Once they were free but now they are wearing shackles around their arms and their legs, shackles to big for them, shackles meant for someone older. Shackles not meant for them. Imagine if the last time you saw your younger sibling/cousin you saw them, you see them getting escorted into a big metal cage and you watch as the door slams right in their little faces. It would be awful seeing that. Kids under the age of 16 should not go to jail, even if they do commit the heinous of crimes, because they are children. Adolescents are old enough to understand the difference between right and wrong, but they are too young to make the right choices yet. As Laurence Steinberg, Professor at Temple University, says “The teenage brain is like a car with a good accelerator but has a weak brake.” Studies have shown that based on adolescent’s brain development, adolescents are more likely to act on impulse, misread social cues and emotions, and/or engage in risky behavior. Adolescents are less likely to think before they act, or pause to consider the potential consequences of their actions. These brain differences don’t mean that young people can’t make good decisions or tell the difference between right and wrong. It also doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be held responsible for their actions. It just means that adolescents are not able to make wise decisions. Another reason why kids shouldn’t go to jail is that it is wrong to hold kids to adult standards. Children are not permitted to the same rights as an adult because of their inability to make wise decisions.Scientists have identified a “specific region of the brain called the amygdala which is responsible for instinctual reactions including fear and aggressive behavior.” This region develops early. However, the frontal cortex, the area of the brain that controls reasoning and helps us think before we act, develops later. For adolescents, this region of the brain is not fully grown yet.With time, this part of the brain is still changing and maturing well into a good adulthood, and with that, good decisions. So why should children be held to adult standards when they don’t have the same rights as them.

  • NO WAY!

    I believe that children are still developing and are made to learn from their mistakes to become an adult. When adults do crimes they already know almost everything that is right and wrong because of their childhood mistakes. It is absoulutly unfair for anyone under the age of 18 years old to be treated like adults in court. Once they are adults they take full responsabilities on their actions because they are ready for those consequences.

  • Life is short.

    As a child you must learn from your mistake and grow up. A child should be punish for their wrong doing but not to take their life away from them. The mind has to grow and change as they do in life. The biggest regret is to know that you did nothing with your life that hurt.

  • It unnecessarily changes the laws

    I have no stake in this argument one way or another. I think it is detrimental to the rule of law to try juveniles as adults. But i do believe in the rule of law . Above all else i think that laws should be symmetrical fair and unchanging. When a juvenile is defined as an individual under 18 years of age i believe that that should be the de facto definition. It is unfair and unclear to say " you are not an adult until you turn 18, unless we dont like you or your crime."

  • The brains of juveniles has not fully matured.

    Juveniles, especially those under the age of 16, don't have the mental capabilities to plan or carry out crimes, or to understand the consequences of their actions. They have low inpulse control, and act on emotions like anger and fear. If we feel that giving them the right to vote or get married before the age of 18 is wrong, why is it ok to sentence them as adults?

  • Children are Children No Matter What the Law Says

    Children cannot think like adults and therefore cannot form the same malicious intent that an adults brain can. Also, children have not fully developed their behavioral skills and do not halve the same impulse control that adults have. I still believe that they should be punished, but should also be given the appropriate resources to set them on the right path.


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Anonymous says2013-03-28T17:55:02.697
It dosn' t matter there going to do it again
Anonymous says2013-04-11T05:26:45.787
It should be illegal for any society to try minors as adults if those minors will not, if found innocent, continue to be treated as adults by society - vote, drink, own weapons, drive, enter contracts etc - it's a violation of the 14th Amendment, as well as a violation of Common Sense.
Anonymous says2013-06-11T10:13:18.707
We always have to go with forgive & forget or second chances
Anonymous says2013-08-28T07:20:17.950
Putting a child in a prison full of dangerous men isn't really fair