Juvenile Criminals And The Juvenile Justice System Essay

2016 Words Aug 24th, 2014 9 Pages
Turning 18 can be a very special time in a young adults’ life. This is because turning 18 means gaining certain privileges they didn’t have before. Privileges such as the legal ability to sign contracts, buy tobacco products, vote, buy a home, etc. Juveniles turning 18 also become legally responsible for their actions. Children have always been looked to as the hope for the future. It is a shame that many of these juveniles at young ages decide to start living a life of crime and become juvenile criminals. To deal with the juvenile criminals we have the Juvenile Justice System. In recent years there has been a dramatic increase of juveniles who commit violent crimes, so it is no surprise that some people want to try these juveniles as adults. Do these juveniles have the capacity to truly understand the crimes they are committing? Is there an age limit for introducing these juveniles into the adult justice systems? Is it right for juveniles under the age of 18 to be sentenced to the same prison as adults? These questions leave us wondering if juveniles that commit crimes should be placed in the adult criminal system. This is the topic I have chosen to discuss for my argumentative essay. I will be arguing that it is unjust that children under the age of 18 be tried as adults and sentenced to serve time in prisons with full grown adults.
Crimes committed by individuals under the age of 18 are considered juvenile crimes. These juvenile offenders, also known as juvenile…

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