Pros And Cons Of Juveniles Be Tried As Adults

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Should Juveniles be Tried as Adults? In 1998, 15-year-old Jose, and his teenage friend, were arrested for murdering a Mexican immigrant. Though facts demonstrated that Jose played a lesser role in the assault and attempted to help the victim, he was tried in adult court with involuntary manslaughter even at a young age. This incident, as well as many related cases across the country, make aware of the incessant question, to what extent should we try juveniles as adults? To shed light into this debate, the Supreme Court has made actions demonstrating its point of view. Over the years, the Supreme Court has gradually ruled in many cases to give greater rights to juveniles charged with crime. In 1966, through Kent v United States, the Supreme …show more content…
As Paul Thompson, an assistant professor of neurology in UCLA investigated, children experience a drastic reshaping of the brain during their adolescent years, yet the frontal lobe, which inhibits our violent and rash instincts, is still vastly immature during our teens. Without a full understanding of the wrongs they commit, teenagers are prone to act “stupid”, however, since they are in the middle of change, their “stupid actions” should in no way concretely define the person they are. In fact, as Paul Thompson points out, “teens need all the help they can get to steer their development onto the right path”. The juvenile justice system should exactly be doing that, as opposed to being blinded by a phase that every human being goes through. In reality, cases have proven Thompson’s point. For example, after Jacob Ind, committed the commonly heinous-perceived crime of murdering his mother and stepfather, he recounted his feelings of thinking he wasn’t in trouble at all. Quite literally taking on arms to end his sexual abuse from his stepfather, he felt like ending their lives were no big deal, and was more worried about the pot he had hidden in his bedroom than being convicted for murder. In his interview, Jacob states that he has only now feel regret for his actions, proving that he, and other children at his age, have not fully grasped the permanency of death. In imprisoning him for life, the juvenile system has done a deed similar to encaging the mentally incapable for life. Furthermore, the criteria for judging the capability of teenage minds are often hypocritical and contradictory: Teenagers are forbidden to drive other teenagers on the grounds that they are unable to concentrate, yet in the courtroom, teenagers are often suddenly deemed able to not only concentrate, but also

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