A New Jersy teenager allegedly stole $160k worth of cheese. This is a lot of cheese! By the time he is 21 he will be let out of jail and completely forgiven for his crimes. I do not believe people change, so there should be greater penalties for teen offenders.
To say there should be stiffer penalties on teens in general is not practical, but depending on the crime committed there should be a degree of severity to the punishment. Violent crimes should be punished more severely than misdemeanors; any act of violence should be punished more severely than petty crimes.
No, there should not be greater penalties for teen offenders because there is no reason to punish them for the rest of their lives. Kids do dumb things, and we should not immediately think they need to go to prison or face heavy fines. They simply need someone to talk to them.
While this is certianly a lot of stuff that was stolen, it is very hard to beleive that a single teen pulled this off by themselves. The important thing is that teenagers are still young, and they have lots of time to grow and change. Harsher punishments will not give them this opportunity.