Should Juveniles Be Tried As Adults? Essay

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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 Court ruled that the juvenile court should offer due process hearings to young offenders before they are legible to move to adult court. In the following year, the justices almost unanimously decided in the case “In re Gault” that juvenile arrests should abide by the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments with proper access to lawyers and due process. Furthermore, in 2005, the Supreme Court made another bold decision to abolish death penalty for juveniles. Although it seems that the US justice system has unfalteringly granted children greater mercy relating to crime punishment, it remains questionable whether the juvenile justice system has reached full potential in fairness. In fact, many children are still being unjustly submitted to adult…

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