Justice for Juveniles Essay

1328 Words Jan 26th, 2016 6 Pages
Kaur Ravanpreet
Mr. Ramos
English CP 12.2
26 March 2015
Justice for Juveniles
The criminal justice system for adults and juveniles differs in many significant ways. An adult system is for eighteen and older who have committed a crime. The juvenile system is for young offenders who commit serious crimes. Adult offenders have to get a lawyer in order to meet a judge, and juvenile that is under eighteen needs to have their parents present to meet the judge. There are more crimes committed by juveniles. Some examples are school shootings, and murders. Sometimes kids commit a serious crime and are sent to adult prison. Two young girls who lured another twelve year old girl in to the woods, and stabbed her 19 times to please slender man.
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She asks questions if kids should be tried as adults. She concludes the several arguments how kids should be tried as adults, and kids should stay in the juvenile system. She gives both sides equal attention. Reaves writes, "There should be some sensitivity that a fourteen year old is not a little adult" (1). You can't send a kid away for life without a patrol, but a judge can say you are staying in for life. Children are not mature enough to know what they did was wrong. The brain of a child is not fully developed until they reach a certain age. The rate of maturity depends on the child's brain. Minors should be sent to a juvenile facility not adult prison. If they go to adult prison they will end up being violent due to the other older prisoners, but if they stay in juvenile prison they will be better off.
Some Americans Believe that crime dictates the punishments. On March 9 Brayan Robinson wrote the article "2 Teens at Center Of Juvenile Crime Debate" for abcnews.go.com. Bryan Robinson reports on the issue whether or not kids should be treated as adults. He speaks with several people to us named Mark Soler and Jeffrey Fagan, who are advocates for kids. He discusses this with Matt Ross. Matt Ross passed a law called proposition 21. This law is to keep violent offenders in jail their whole life. Robinson writes, "Before, if a juvenile killed someone, the worst punishment he would face is incarceration in a youth facility until he was 25.

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