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Juvenile Should Be Tried As Adults


AshLynn Williams

on 12 September 2012

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Ash 'Lynn Williams
A-2 Juvenile Justice "Should juveniles be tried as adults?" This question is asked very rarely but when it is, it stirs up a lot of controversy. There are many opinions when this topic is brought up, some say yes, some sternly say no and others are on the fence stating it depends on the heinousness of the crime. Me? What do I think? Well, I'll say later. For now take a look at these two cases in which juveniles have been tried as adults. The morning of February 3, 2004, Micheal Hernandez of Miami, only 14 at the time attending a Palmetto section middle school lured a fellow classmate and best fiend Jaime Gough into a bathroom stall were he brutally stabbed in in the throat and multiple times in the chest. A 17 -year-old high school student was the source of a $3million dollar high-grade marijuana distribution ring that operated in 2 Cincinnati schools. The young man made at least $20,000 a month selling marijuana to high school students but careful not to sell on school grounds as he knew the punishment would be severe. Take a look at a few of these pro's&con's as to why juveniles should be tried as adults: Charging a child as an adult will not only make them fully understand the consequences of their actions, but also deter them from committing any other crimes because they now know and understand that their age will not be considered a safety net. Resent research shows that transferring children from juvenile courts to adult courts doesn't decrease crime, in fact it increases it. Children are usually more uniquely position for redemption and reform. Physiological research confirms that children and teenagers are more irrational than adults. In some cases stressful situations only heighten emotion and cause for rational thought which henders choices made by children. Children in "adult" prisons are 5 times as likely to be sexually assaulted, twice as likely to be beaten by staff and 8 times as likely to commit suicide while in prison. A crime is a crime no matter what the age. If a child commits a crime and they are 12 years of age it doesn't take away that a crime was committed. The victim still suffers. The victims family still suffers. Those who were effected in anyway still suffers. Violent crimes receive the harshest punishments, and the same should carry forth and continue for children. Juvenile courts purpose is to shield youths from the consequences of their own actions. Trying children as adults can potentially deter our next generation from potentially committing crimes when they see that their age isn't a factor in the system. Bibliography http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-09-04/news/bal-perry-hall-shooting-suspect-robert-gladden-among-many-juveniles-charged-as-adults-20120904_1_juvenile-facilities-adult-charges-jay-cleary On January 1, 2012 New Years day three teens Jaquelle McCullum , Jacob white and a 15-year-old boy ran into the backdoor of Micheal Hawkins of Florence, S.C. and held him and his daughter at gunpoint and later shot and killed him and injured his 18-year-old daughter. At the time of the arrest Jaquelle was 19 and already being tried as an adult , but Keith(17) and the 15-year-old boy weren't, but due to the type of crime committed they were charged as adults. Again we have a case of children thinking irrationally and committing crimes that caused suffering in a community and in a family. Mr. Hawkins did much in his community, he stuck up for kids and tried to show them a way other than violence, he was an activist against black-on-black crime. http://www.carolinalive.com/news/story.aspx?list=~%5Cnews%5Clists%5Crecent&id=704899 Remember how at the beginning I said I would share my opinion? First and for most let it be known that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, mine just happens to be in agreeance with my topic. I do believe juvenile should be tried as adults because whether the crime committed was by a 12- year-old or 17-year-old it is still a crime. All the underdeveloped mind and irrational acts claims don't mean a thing, if you can commit a murder and plan things out coherently then i believe you were making an adult decision. When a child decides to make a grown up decisions and take on the responsibility of the hurt he/she may cause family and others around them by committing a crime then they should be able to take the consequences of making that decision. Usually when your old enopugh to make decisions for youself they call that what? And ADULT decision. "Adult Members of Mason Teen's Alleged Pot Ring Appear in Court." -Local 12. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Sept. 2012. <http://www.local12.com/news/local/story/Adult-Members-of-Mason-Teens-Alleged-Pot-Ring/WtMgcskuxkiFiDp147WlBg.cspx>. Stamps, Barbe. "Juvenile Justice." Juvenile Justice. David Berger, July 2007. Web. 07 Sept. 2012. <http://www.teenadvocatesusa.org/10reasonswhy.html>. Ramsland, Katherine. "Dark Ambitions: A Born Killer?" The Unthinkable — Children Who Kill and What Motivates Them. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Sept. 2012. <http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/weird/kids2/9.html>. Borkar, Rujuta. "Should Juveniles Be Tried As Adults?" Buzzle.com. Buzzle.com, 03 Jan. 2012. Web. 07 Sept. 2012. <http://www.buzzle.com/articles/should-juveniles-be-tried-as-adults.html>.
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