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Should juveniles be tried as adults

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Started: 11/24/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Because you are young when committing a crime should you be held responsible for your actions


Being tried as adults is intrinsically harmful to society and the children themselves.

"Research has shown that children in the adult criminal justice system are 34 percent more likely to be arrested again than those convicted of similar offenses in juvenile court. They also are 36 times more likely to commit suicide than youth in juvenile facilities."

Children's brains do not fully develop until the age of around twenty , and their rational thinking skills are last to develop, meaning juveniles have a higher ability to rehabilitate.
"researchers for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice found that teenagers are less blameworthy than adults, and that their capacities change significantly over the course of adolescence.
The researchers found what many of us were trying to say years earlier about Cameron Kocher: that at the age of 9, he simply couldn't process information and plan a crime like an adult.
The MacArthur Foundation Research Network recognized that legal sanctions for misbehavior should not be based only on the harm a youth causes, but on the youth's culpability."

The goal of juvenile detention ought to be corrections and rehabilitations rather than punishment, as juveniles have more chances to improve as their brains are still growing and maturing and they have a long life ahead.

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