Reasons For Adult Justice: Justice For Juvenile Criminals

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Justice for Juvenile Criminals A 16 year-old boy Shawn was sent to California Youth Authority, the state’s most restrictive juvenile detention facility, for a 90-day evaluation, after killing his father. He was charged for attacking his sleeping father, stabbing him repeatedly in the arms, head, and neck with a knife. Prior to this crime, he also have been involved in other illegal actions such as strong-arm robbery, drinking, and marijuana use. For all these criminal actions, he was sentenced to stay at the Santa Clara County 's Juvenile Hall until he turns 19, along with an additional allowance. However, juvenile punishment was not able to stop his perpetuation for committing more crimes, which led him to go back to his pot addiction after …show more content…
For example, severe punishments help juveniles to put together their demeanor and conclude their perpetuation of committing crimes. On the subject of perpetuation, Corcoran, who has interviewed killers including one as young as 14, said, “What they are not going to have is the opportunity to kill another person,” This statement meant how adult prisons let juveniles to discontinue their criminal thoughts. According to CJCJ article, it is well documented that juvenile felony arrests in California, where juveniles are allowed to be tried as adults, peaked in 1974 and had decreased by 41% through 1999. While adult prisons are succeeding on discontinuing teenagers from their criminal actions, juvenile courts are failing on directing young adults into a right direction. Overall, adult prisons are advantageous on deserving the public to be safe and free from …show more content…
The time period they are living in is when they learn and experience things they have never done before. Moreover, there are possibilities that juveniles were going through development changes in their physical and mental health and they have might committed a crime with curiosity. On the other hand, although juveniles might have committed a crime by mistake or with curiosity, they have to be responsible for what they have committed. Crime is a crime and it should not be considered differently in front of justice because of their young age. Moreover, according to Startling Finds on Teenage Brains, “Even though normal teens are experiencing a wildfire of tissue loss in their brains, that does not remove their accountability.” Therefore, teenagers have made a decision to commit a crime from thinking and acknowledging. Furthermore, in a case of murder or other violent crimes, their youth and immaturity would not matter in front of life and death as human beings.
Justice is based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair. Would justice be served if a juvenile, who committed a violent crime, was punished differently from adults who have committed the same crime? In my opinion, juveniles must be punished equally to adults because adult prisons results positive consequences like treating everyone equally under the law,

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