Essay on Juveniles Charged With Violent Crimes

1057 Words Nov 1st, 2015 5 Pages
Honorable Judge, worthy opponent, and diligent timekeeper, my partner and I strongly agree with the resolution that states; that minors charged with violent crimes should be charged as adults. When you turn a certain age, you gain some privileges. You get more civil rights, voting rights, the ability to purchase a house, but most importantly the ability to be held responsible for your actions. An 18-year-old is considered an adult in nearly every state. However, juveniles commit terrible crimes just as their adult counter pair do and therefore they should be exempt from equal punishment. A crime is a crime and for that reason Juveniles who commit violent crimes should be punished in the same way as adults.
With so many people concerned about the increase of violent crimes in our society, the logical place to begin the process of changing this dangerous trend is with the nation’s youth. If minors who commit violent crimes were punished as adults, the number of violent crimes committed by youths would drop. Therefore, in the future the number of violent crimes in general would decrease if we keep violent offenders in prison for longer sentences. Violent crimes can be defined as murder, rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault, larceny-theft, etc. The Wall Street Journal states that: In 2005, Minneapolis, 63 percent of all violent crime and property theft suspects were juveniles. Milwaukee, Washington, D.C., and Boston are facing similar increases in violent juvenile crime…

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