Juvenile Offenders Should Not Be Tried As Adults Essay

820 Words Mar 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Many violent crimes are committed in the United States every day. Almost one-half of them are committed by teenagers ages thirteen through seventeen. After the crimes have been committed and the lives of these children have been changed, society often demands that those who commit violent crimes be tried as adults, rather than as adolescents. Trying these teens as adults is really unjust and unfair. Juveniles should not be tried as adults for reasons that, it puts their health and social lives at risk and makes the term “juvenile” undefined. Juvenile offenders should not be tried as adults because they will suffer physical and psychological damage. When a juvenile is tried as an adult, that means he/she faces the possibility of being punished like an adult and most likely kept in the same confinements as adults are. Many young people reported feeling like outsiders, as the journalist Rachel Schmitz writes. She also goes further to explain that while juveniles are confined in adult facilities, they lack models for “building a positive identity, honing productive life skills, and solving problems and disputes”. I believe that juvenile facilities are better able to provide appropriate healthcare, rehabilitative services, and programming than adult facilities would. Adult facilities may fail to provide juveniles with the appropriate nutrition, dental care and vision care, which are critical for developing adolescents. Given their incomplete psychological and physical…

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