Juveniles And Juvenile Justice System Essay

1993 Words Nov 12th, 2014 8 Pages
In the United States many states are developing that more and more crimes are happening in their area. At the age of eighteen, one will be charged as an adult and not be considered a juvenile any more. Any age under eighteen is considered a juvenile. A juvenile in most cases are let off easier with short and lenient sentences. The purpose of the juvenile justice system is to isolate the cruel adults from the juveniles. The people that make up the juvenile justice system came up with “to-save a youth” concept and offer the juveniles guidance and discipline. The number of crimes committed by juveniles has risen. This crisis is alarming the developments against crime with juveniles. “The rate at which juveniles were arrested for murder rose 177 percent between 1978 and 1993” (Levitt 1). Since the percentage went up so high in such a short amount of time, researchers and developers are trying to figure out a solution to reduce the crime rate that is risen so high. Juveniles should be prosecuted as adults for heinous crimes such as murder, armed robberies and theft because it will decrease the crime rates, sentences will be stiffened, juveniles know the difference between right and wrong and the streets will be less dangerous.
Juveniles being prosecuted as an adult will decrease the crime rates. Mary Estudillo, a writer for the University of California at San Diego newspaper, states that “youth today are taking advantage of this lenient and outdated system and are committing…

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