Should Juveniles Be Charged As An Adult Essay

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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 …show more content…
Most people argue that juveniles should not be charged as an adult because their mind is not fully developed. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, “the brain is not fully developed until he or she is twenty five years old or so” (Susan paragraph 2). It is not fair that the age of eighteen to twenty-five is charged as an adult, but the fifteen, sixteen, or seventeen year old is let off easy. They are equal as in their minds which are not fully developed. Since minors are capable of knowing what is right and wrong they can act like an adult and do the time. This also allows the juvenile to grow up. “The fact that adolescents are less mature than adults does not mean that they are not responsible for their actions and choices” (Laurence 4). The young ones know the difference between right and wrong. If they know that they tampered with the law then they should be punished for what they did. They should not be let off easy because their maturity is lower than an adult. If you give one punishment to an adult and a different punishment to the youth that is biased. Since we do this it destroys the structure on our society. In our society we Americans need equivalent punishment to make justice fair. There will be no justice if we let the juveniles get away with murder, robberies, and …show more content…
The crime rate for juveniles is 20.6% (Levitt 30). The crime rate for adults is 12.3% (Levitt 30). Juveniles that were interviewed by detention officers seem to think that their one to four sentence was a piece of cake. This is not teaching the juveniles anything. This is why the crime rates are more than the adult crime rates. The juveniles just see it as something that will not affect their future since it will not go on their record. One of the juveniles said, “I’ll just do my year and get out, it ain’t nothing” (Levitt 3). Using data that was created, the harsher the punishment the juveniles received the less crime the juveniles were offending. Juveniles that are very close to the age of being an adult are more than likely to attend court, but rarely never. This results in behavioral changes that make the juveniles act more formal when the court actually takes over. The crime rates for the age of eighteen and nineteen are significantly lower than the rates of a sixteen or seventeen year old just because of how much the punishment increases when you turn eighteen. Everyone in the United States would want a low crime rate in their particular area. If everyone has the same punishment no matter who you are, there is a chance of the crime rate lowering a great deal. “Violent crimes rise 23.1 percent with passage to the adult criminal justice system in those states where the juvenile courts are

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