The only difference between the two offenders is the age at which they committed the crime. The trend began in the 1990s, when virtually every state expanded the rules under which could be charged as adults. They are often subject to physical, sexual, and mental abuse by the other inmates, who tend to prey on the smaller and weaker prisoners. Juvenile prisons are a lot less hard on kids than adult prisons. Juvenile criminals must, and should be tried as adults.
Additionally, they argue that children and teenagers are capable of learning and changing thus, rehabilitation is the effective punishment. Age should not be a factor in the case of serious crimes. The only slight glimmer of hope was that Clarence might, while incarcerated, grow up and become a law-abiding adult and that we would not collectively make him worse than when he went in. This two-page infographic presents a wealth of statistics underscoring the sea change in youth confinement that is underway. Growing up we should already know the right and wrong at that age.
Their actions could be a cry for help. This paper will also discuss. A minor does not mean someone who does not have the capacity to reason. One, their educational and employment prospects become significantly worse, thus giving them incentive and opportunity to commit crimes, and two, the stigma that they face might lead to an inability to adjust in society and may cause for repeated criminal behavior. In order to better understand the passion behind this debate it is best to gain some insight from both sides of the fight. Many states are now opting for a cut in the age at which a person is considered a juvenile and not an adult criminal. It contains a lot of arguments which has its pros and cons.
A movement has taken hold of our nation to change the juvenile justice system, and erases any distinction between young offenders and adult criminals. Growing up we should already know right and wrong at that age. In 1993 a seventeen year old Christopher Simmons and his friend robbed, bound, and gagged then pushed into a river Shirley Crook who then drowned to death in the river. The young man in this article, Alonza Thomas, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for armed robbery. Trying kids as adults is also a bad idea because it often leads to juveniles committing more crimes upon their release. For instance, in the case of two teenagers Juan Castaneda seventeen and Eric Ramirez nineteen, who in 2008 committed theft and in the process killed two people, injured another and attempted to kill others. Matthew's written for numerous Bay Area publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle.
Corrections, Crime, Criminal law 1868 Words 6 Pages Should juvenile offenders be tried, sentenced, and jailed as adults? It is believed that the juvenile courts are established keeping age factor in mind rather than focusing on the crime factor. In adult courts the sentencing is much harsher and the chance of getting off the hook with some counseling is very slim. An eleven old gunman holds up a store for eight dollars. 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. According to the Annie E. When talking about juveniles being tried as adults there are no easy answers, but when all the factors have been weighed, with the exception of murder, the negative.
The motivating principle of the juvenile system is rehab. In 2004 in Roper v. Meanwhile, juvenile courts are also seeing more cases of non-violent crime. If rehabilitation is the goal for teenagers who are tried and sentenced as adults, then prison is not the answer. Judges in adult courts have much fewer options, and usually choose the prison one. Obesity is plaguing America's children with a multitude of health problems -- now there's a new risk to be added to the list: shorter life expectancy. Only rarely does an under-18 juvenile defendant wind up in adult court.
They are now being charged as adults in adult court. A crime is a crime. With statutory exclusion laws, the legislature has typically granted the adult criminal court exclusive jurisdiction over certain types of cases involving juvenile offenders. A look at the juvenile history in 1643 a sixteen year old boy was put to death for sodomizing a cow. This, they say, does not serve any purpose, because this in no way guarantees that no crimes will be committed henceforth. Juvenile crimes have increased in violence in the last decade, there is still enough differences between the two legal proceedings, and the behaviors themselves, to keep the systems separated. Over time, the system changed for youths however; there remain as many similarities as there are differences between.
The United States was the only country, prior to the ruling, that did not have a such a law. Trying children as adults and sending them to adult prisons is also endangering their safety. Crime prevention programs work and are cost effective. Children as young as 13 or 14 are committing violent crimes such as murder, rape, and armed robbery. It seems to be plain and simple; a minor in this country is defined as a person under the age of eighteen.
Sometimes teenagers are tried for crimes as adults and face equal penalties that are subject to adults. There will also be a fine line when and where teenagers should be tried in a court of law as an adult or juvenile. In this case its difference maybe he should have been this punished so harshly but in the end he commited a cry it was a bad situation he was in but there were so mant different ways he could have handled it. Did Lionel realize that his actions would result in the death of Tiffany Eunick? She is extremely intelligent judging from the fact that she learned to read before starting school. . Teens who commit serious crimes deserve better than that. In such a case that an adolescent is fill with such maliciousness that they would turn to a violent crime, we must assume they are a threat to society.