The Pros And Cons Of Juvenile Offenders

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Sentencing juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole will only create real criminals. Why would juveniles proceed to redeem their actions after they have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole? Juveniles should be given the opportunity to a second chance, one truly believes with the proper resources that juveniles detention centers provide for the youths, that the juveniles have a great chance of prospering and learning from their impulsive actions. According to the article “At What Age Is The Brain Fully Developed?” by Mental Health Daily it states, “Although brain development is subject to significant individual variation, most experts suggest that the brain is fully developed by age 25” (“At …show more content…
They are hopeless, we make them feel hopeless. Since they are embarrassed they feel the need to turn to suicide. For example in the article “In Prison, Teenagers Become Prey” by The New York Times, it states, “17 year-old son was incarcerated after setting trash bin on fire… In prison, he was raped repeatedly… He later hung himself inside his cell.. Juveniles were five times as likely ro be sexually assaulted in adult rather than in juvenile facilities- often within their first 48 hours of incarceration” (In Prison…). This serves to show that juveniles are the main target in an adult facility, they are not as protected as they make is seem. One does not think that juveniles should have to turn to suicide, that ideas proves juveniles are not safe in a prison environment. Being ashamed serves to show that society makes them feel like aliens, they make them believe that they are disgusting because they committed a crime. Although a life was lost and we could not do anything to prevent it, everything is in our control to provide juvenile delinquents with the correct resources in order to prosper and be awarded with a second …show more content…
Teenagers are extremely susceptible, the people and environment they are around greatly influence their decisions. Many people make the argument that because research has proven that the brain is not fully developed until age 25 that is why juveniles should be given a second chance. In the article “On Punishment and Teen Killers” by Jennifer Jenkins, she states, “Both sides in the debate about JLWOP agree teens are being tried as adults and sentenced to prison for murder at alarming rates in the United States. But this actually disproved juvenile advocates’ reliance on the “underdeveloped brain” arguement. If brain development were the reason, then teens would kill at roughly the same rate all over the world. They do not” (Jenkins 91). The brain is not fully developed at age 25 but before those years it is being developed; before those years one is adapting to the world surrounding them. Every child lives in a different house hold, some grow up in a single parent home, drugged parents or even in a home where they are abused; not every child lives in a loving and caring atmosphere. In “Juvenile Delinquency and Family Structure” by Anika Doggett, this article explains how family structure effects a juvenile delinquent. Doggest states, “Family are of the strongest forces in life. They teach children to control unacceptable behavior, to delay gratification, and to respect the rights of

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