established such that the most serious young offenders could be tried as adults. The American judicial system and the treatment of juvenile offenders have undergone considerable changesin the past 30 years. With the rising levels of juvenile crime combined with media discourse,an increase in public fear and a ‘get tough’ government approach to crime has emerged. Thenotion of “adult time for adult crime” has brought significant changes in the juvenile justicesystem and its philosophy for dealing with adolescents, ultimately resulting in an increasingnumber of juveniles being transferred and sentenced in the adult court system. It is time toconsider whether or not this long process is needed, whether or not the entire juveniledivision of the court should be abolished (Bakken 1
"In many jurisdictions, [teenagers] commit as many as 10 to 15 serious crimes beforeanything is done to them. It is amazing how ancient, archaic, and broken down the juvenile justice system is." (Senator Peter Domenici,
9). For example, after bashing a13 year old friend in the head, knocking her unconscious, a 14 year old is in custody at theYavapai County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of aggravated assault, disorderlyconduct and interference with an educational institution (Sanchez 1). Instead of sending her where she needs to go, they decide to send her to a mere detention. This will do nothing toconfront the problems. Furthermore, Angelica Marruy states:The reason that it seems inefficient is because some of the juvies have been inand out of the system so much that there is no fear. I worked JD for 5 yrs back and it became almost a "status" thing for some of these kids to get arrested and put back in. They would walk thru the door and half the kids would cheer and back slap the kid like he/she was "home". They need to keep them locked incells and only let out at certain periods of the day for exercise and meals. Stop
Should Juveniles Be Tried as Adults? Essay
867 WordsJun 14th, 20124 Pages
Dr. Lennie Irvin
April 29, 2012
Should Juveniles be tried as Adults?
There are many controversies that surround juveniles being rehabilitated rather than going through the adult justice system, but studies show that juveniles are not fully developed to be tried as an adult. One of the main questions that it always boils down to is “should juveniles be tried as adults?” in my opinion juveniles should not be tried as adults because of their age.
First, I believe that juveniles should not be tried as adults because their mentalities are not fully developed. Children are often unable to consider the long term consequences of their actions, have difficulty taking the perspective of others, and typically have…show more content…
If we simply send juveniles through the adult justice system it might make them worse individuals. For instance, since their minds are still growing, by being around worse criminals they may pick on their criminal traits.
Some juveniles that went through traumatic experiences which led to their sentencing will be able to get to the roots of their issues, since the counselors will be there to guide them.
Finally, I believe that by being rehabilitated the juvenile will have a better chance at life because eventually they will be back in society.
Juveniles that go through the rehabilitation process will be able to have a clean record after they reach 18, where as the exact opposite if they went through the adult justice system. When they get out, they will have adult criminal records that aren’t erased. (The New York Times p.28)
Once the rehabilitated juveniles are released, they will be able to start a new life. Juveniles will be able to get a job and maybe earn a degree for a specific profession without being viewed a criminal.
Since the juvenile will have gone through rehabilitation they will have a different perception on life, and will also understand that for every action there is a reaction. They will make smarter choices and hopefully not want to return to the lifestyle
In conclusion I feel that by not trying juveniles as adults it is a better outcome for the child and society. We are also giving the juvenile a second chance at the future that everyone