Kids should be subjected to the measures of punishment that our judicial system is giving to them. Kids who show lots of enmity should be tried as adults. It is the only way to protect the innocent children. These kids know right from wrong, but they choose to do the wrong things and violence is wrong. As the laws have gotten stricter on discipline the kids have gotten wilder. When we let society tell us how to discipline our children then violent children is the result.
The system intends to protect the youths from themselves. If it cannot accomplish this, then all hope is lost.
(Juvenile Justice). Juveniles can be tried as adults for crimes ranging from kidnapping, murder, rape, arson, robbery, torture, assault, and more. Some of the cases that are sent to adult court are petty crimes, such as underage drinking, possession of a controlled substance, and other minor crimes. The question is whether they should be tried as adults. These are all adult actions, on one hand, and may lead a person to wonder what brought a child to commit these crimes. One might further inspect that if a child or teenager is engaged in so-called “adult” activities, what kind of activities might a child choose to be involved in adulthood? What is the child’s background? Can you blame the child of a heroin addict for having access to drugs at a young age? Can you blame the child of a murderer for acting out? Yes, everyone has a choice even a child.
The frequency of young kids committing horrendous crimes has been on a steady rise for the past couple of decades. This has brought up a very controversial topic that people seem to be very passionate about, trying juvenile’s as adults. There are many differences between the justice system for juveniles and the justice system for adults, although many would believe that it is the same at it’s core, it is surely not. In juvenile courts, there are no juries and no trials by jury either. In adult courts, the sentencing is much harsher and the chance of getting off the hook with some counseling is very slim. If a juvenile is defined as a person under the age of 18, how can you justify trying them in a court designed for adult offenders? In order to better understand the passion behind this debate, it is best to gain some insight from both sides of the fight.
1. Brings Justice For Extreme Crimes
While juveniles may be kids, they should have the ability to distinguish right from wrong, especially in extreme circumstances. Victims and the families of victims still deserve a sense of justice if one of their family members is affected or even killed by a juvenile offender.
2. 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. A 10-year-old boy who shows no remorse for his crime would still be given an extremely lax sentence because of his age.
3. Mature Mental Ability Begins Much Earlier
The majority of states consider children to be adults at the age of 18. This is a very high number because teenagers have full control over their thoughts and actions. If they do not have the moral compass instilled in them by that time, then they are very likely to commit more crimes.
4. Juvenile Crime Is On The Rise
In the past few years, we have had record numbers of crimes being committed by juvenile offenders. This is a scary fact because it shows how the boundaries are being more and more blurred for these young people. Many of them are aware of just how flawed the juvenile justice system is and use that to their advantage.
5. The Right to a Trial By Jury
The juvenile courts do not have a jury, and offenders are not given a proper trial. Instead, the judge makes all of the decisions, often with the help of a team of mediators for the children and their families. By allowing them to be tried as adults, you give them the ability to have a trial by jury.
Conclusively, juveniles are still of the age where they can distinguish right from wrong even if it’s as basic as ‘stealing’ or ‘not stealing.’ If a child is not showing any remorse towards their crime then they either might be too dangerous to be allowed as a part of the society or they clearly don’t realize the gravity of the situation they’re in.
Deviant behavior is never harshly punished for but if it’s a legal trespass then juveniles should be trialed as adults.