Furthermore A mother's use of recreational drugs, alcohol, or tobacco during pregnancy has also been linked to her child's risk of future criminality. A 10 year old boy who shows no remorse for his crime would still be given an extremely lax sentence because of his age. Con Juveniles often don't follow directions therefore, they will get in trouble regardless of age. A crime is a crime, and the punishment should prevent a future crime in a sufficient manner. List of Cons of Juveniles Being Tried as Adults 1.
Juvenile crimes on the rise are not something society should ignore. Courts Focus On Age Instead of Crime The juvenile courts have a strong tendency to only focus on the age of the offender rather than the actual nature and reason for the crime that they committed. The problem is some teens do decide to commit violent or other serious crimes. Therefore, the Affirmative has the burden to prove that treating juveniles charged with violent felonies treated as adults in the criminal justice system Protects Human Worth. According to the National Crime Analysis Project of Northeastern University in Massachusetts, the number of 17-year-olds arrested for murder climbed 121 per cent in the latter half of the '80s; the number of 16-year-olds by 158 per cent; and the number of 15-year-olds by 217 per cent.
Pro There are several major flaws with my opponent's first contention. Every parent knows that punishing a child of 15 and a child of 5 won't be carried out in the same manner. My Value is Justice as Fairness. Whereas in a juvenile court, offenders are given curfews, put under house arrest or sent to counseling. Should their punishment be reduced even if the crime they committed is something only adults are supposed to be capable of doing? So throwing them in jail with adult offenders would take away any hope of rehabilitation. Indeed, people now act as if the decision to treat a juvenile as a juvenile implies a judgment that the crime was not that serious, the victims not that worthy of respect. Put Young Offenders At High Risk One of the biggest problems of a young offender being tried as an adult is the fact that they could possibly be sent to an adult correctional facility.
The connections in the brain literally are not there yet. They feel that although they do know where and how to shoot a gun it was the adults who taught them and gave them access to the weapons. This case argues that only in a society wherein all people know the rules and all rules apply to everyone can justice be applied fairly. Is prison effective as a punishment or a deterrent for juveniles? This is how we separate out those few crimes committed by juveniles deserving of adult trial and punishment. Certainly typical minors, especially quite young children, although they have some inchoate concept of right and wrong, lack the developed faculties and mature conscience of an adult and don't yet possess the ability to fully comprehend and appreciate the full extent of the badness of their bad behavior. Antisocial children seem to have slower brain-wave activity and lower heart rates than their well-behaved peers Seifert 67.
The Pros of Juveniles Being Tried As Adults 1. The world was in shock but what we all had to remember was the fact that these two teenagers would be punished but the punishment would not fit the crime since they are below 18. They lack the prefrontal cortex, the lobe of the brain that helps with reasoning and judgment. Opponents of trying juveniles in adult courts say more needs to be done for the nation's young criminals, and that the law needs to take into account their psychological development and maturity. We need stronger school systems, more after school programs, more counselors at schools and not cops. I believe that teens should be held accountable for their actions and tried as adults.
Imagine your most dearest and most cherished person being killed or raped by a juvenile. Correct a case of blind justice One of the problems in juvenile courts is that they have a tendency to focus on the age of the suspect and not on the criminal act and the reason that it was committed. Your argument that the focus should be exclusively and single-mindedly on the result of the action is, alas, the latter, i. And it time that people who do such things know that they will not be allowed to get away with such violations of other members of society. Like many states, California allows youth offenders as young as 14 to be transferred from the juvenile system to adult courts. In the last decade, virtually every state has made it much easier to try juveniles as adults.
Do you really think that I would have a hard time remembering how I stabbed my mother? First, adolescents are not fully developed mentally and are prone to poor impulse control; second, even the most violent juvenile offender can be rehabilitated with proper treatment; last, the United States has a juvenile justice system that is designed to help youthful offenders, not punish them. He was going to find out whether he would live or die. The Cons of Juveniles Being Tried As Adults 1. Which means it is the duty of the parents to teach their kids values, morals and the like. Crimes are most associated with adults.
There are far too many instances where race and location decide whether or not someone is tried as an adult. In fact, juvenile crime was already falling by the time states were tightening the screws. Instead the judge makes all of the decisions, often with the help of a team of mediators for the children and their families. In juvenile court, this is not the case. During adolescence they are still trying to deal with society and their own inner battles of peer pressure, lack of direction, impulsiveness and the like. She was only given 10 years. It will not be pretty and it will not be nice.
Juvenile sentences, in contrast, shield our youth from the unique dangers of adult facilities and preserve the possibility — however slight it may seem — of rehabilitation. Teens also do not have a fully developed cerebellum, the area of the brain that helps control impulse. But when we punish them as adults, we change those odds. I'm personally from a stable home in a great community, most of the juveniles committing the crime are from horrible communities in a horrible home, all they have known is a world with crime. So all in all, it is due to this 'yet to develop the thought processes of an adult' that demands us to treat them differently.