Juvenile Delinquency: Rehabilitation Or Punishment

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Juvenile Delinquency: Rehabilitation or Punishment
Juveniles and crime continues to be a growing concern throughout America. While juveniles are usually known to commit less serious crimes in their adolescents, some have been known to commit more violent crimes. Statistics show that adolescent “now are more likely to be perpetrators of serious and deadly crimes such as arson, aggravated assault, rape, and murder” (Collier 609). Juveniles who commit such offenses are in most cases tried in the juvenile court system. However, there have been cases of juveniles who commit extreme offenses and are subsequently tried as adults. Trying juveniles as adults has sparked controversy and has led to a divide. Some believe juveniles who commit violent
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Many believe the age of the child should be taken into consideration, rather than the nature of the crime that has been committed. It is thought that while children may commit criminal offenses, it is reasonable to believe rehabilitation is possible. Laurence Steinberg, writer of “Should Juvenile Offenders Be Tried as Adults”, notes that juveniles who commit adult crimes “have different potential for change than adults” (602) and therefore, minors should be given a second chance at rehabilitation within the juvenile justice system. But, is there merit to this claim? Research has shown “that minors who have gone through the juvenile system, with its emphasis on rehabilitation through, counseling, mentoring, education, and vocational training, are less likely to be arrested again after being released” (“Little Adult Criminals” 600). However, this is unlikely to be the case for every individual who enters the juvenile system. Arguments about the brain function of juveniles who become offenders have also been questioned. Many believe that because the brains of juveniles are not fully developed until adulthood, they are unable to fully understand the severity of the crimes they have committed. While some juveniles may not fully understand or grasp the severity of the crime they have committed, can the same be said for

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