Until 1996, 14-year-old murder suspects were handled in juvenile court with rare exception. It spelled out that anyone 14 and older accused of murder would be tried as an adult. Juvenile criminals deserve to receive serious punishment. But what jail specifically you might ask? Juveniles should be treated as juveniles in the court justice system, with a focus on rehabilitating rather than simply punishing. Not only were a growing number of kids leaving prison with psychological issues and a greater risk of committing more serious crimes, but the system was also extremely expensive. By 2013, though, that number had dropped by roughly half, according to the U. Well, so what you could of gotten help or something.
But the fact remains that trying minors as adults has its share of pros and cons. Juvenile crimes on the rise are not something society should ignore. If they do not have the moral compass instilled in them by that time, then they are very likely to commit more crimes. It is a continued disobedient behavior that does not seem to be able to be corrected by community leaders, church, or parents. When you throw them into adult prison you are throwing them away forever. Why should young teens be treated better than the adults? Between 1992 and 1999, every state but Nebraska passed such laws, according to the National Center for Juvenile Justice, a private, nonprofit research group. What solutions are there to these situations… Should Juveniles be Tried as Adults? When he tried to leave the man put a gun to his head and instructed him to rob the gas station for him.
Juveniles are not allowed to drink, vote, and their signatures are invalid. The crime level of children is much less than the media reports, crimes committed by juveniles are only 13% of violent crimes Williams 2. The nation's highest court ruled that juvenile offenders who haven't been convicted of murder cannot be sentenced to life in prison without any chance of parole. This one sixteen year old boy named Alonza Thomas ran away from home one day because he got in an argument with his mom. Wednesday, 14-year-old Nathaniel Brazill was found guilty of second-degree murder for killing his English teacher last year. Therefore, treating them as adults sets a precedent that deter future delinquent behavior and makes a point that introduction of tough measures to them is a likelihood.
Teens are not any different than an adult, if they want to do something an adult does then they can get punished the way and adults would. A juvenile who knows that they will be punished for their crimes is far less likely to commit them. Everyone has a choice and these teens chose to commit a crime and throw away any sense of moral they had. An adult will typically spend their sentence thinking about what they did, which typically leads to remorse. That is no place for a kid; they could be put into serious harm.
This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or downloaded or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association. At the age of 16, Cameron Williams lives a life far removed from the world of other. Trying Juveniles as Adults, supra. 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 affects of juveniles in the adult system outweigh the positive. In the same county as Williams, two other teens, Juan Castaneda and Eric Ramirez, are charged for first-degree murder in a 2008 crime spree that killed multiple people. Some teens have changed since they have gone to an adult prison; their lives have changed because of it.
Hancock, Claire-Bryan, and Sharon Casey. Youth need to learn from their actions so as to understand the consequences of what they do. It has been suggested that the entire debate over whether or not to abolish the juvenile court diverts attention away from the most important question confronting the juvenile justice system: How can juvenile delinquency be reduced when neither the present juvenile courts nor adult criminal courts are designed to attack the various environmental factors that are among the causes of juvenile violence? Underage offenders, being anyone under the age of 18, should not be subject to criminal punishment in adult courts because they are not mature enough to be fully responsible for their actions. The study recommends that states reconsider the minimum age for juveniles to be tried as adults or to develop a system for evaluating young defendants' competence. The primary question is, are children able to understand the consequences of their actions… As a person grows up, they experience the different stages of life, such as childhood, adolescent or teenage years, and ultimately adulthood. Juvenile Crime Is On The Rise In the past few years we have had record numbers of crimes being committed by juvenile offenders. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, all states have laws that allow the transfer of a juvenile court case to the adult criminal court, typically under certain circumstances and within certain ages.
One of these affects is that when juveniles who are tried as adults are released from jail they tend to re-offend more quickly, and commit more violent crimes. In these states, if a juvenile is age 16 or 17, and gets charged with any criminal offense, the case is originated and tried in adult criminal court. Adolescents have a shorter experience in the world, their brains are still developing, they do not have the same responsibilities or rights as adults and they are easily influenced at this age. So, in the end a crime is a crime no matter age or seriousness of the crime. These are the issues presently plaguing the American legal system, as the brutal deeds of juvenile wrongdoers keep on to making headlines Halloway, 2015. If children do not even receive the same rights as adults in the first place, it makes no sense to try them in adult court. Violent crimes receive the harshest punishments, and it is said that the same should carry forth and continue for children as well.
Showing responsibility will be a big thing in their life, and gaining trust will be another major thing in their life. Quick fixes do not help; they send us as a society a step back. According to the Annie E. Meanwhile, studies have shown that juveniles prosecuted in juvenile court benefit from the services made available to them through that process, as juvenile institutions provide programs and resources specifically designed for juvenile development. If I am correct, in a rape case 14 and up get sentenced as adults and can be sent to the state penitentiary well at least in New York. Defense attorneys might offer a different argument: Since the bulk of the drop-off in juvenile crime predates most states' embrace of harsher penalties for young offenders, it is disingenuous to assume any connection between the two.