Should Juveniles Be Tried as Adults Essay

894 Words Nov 1st, 2008 4 Pages
Question: Should juvenile offenders be tried and punished as adults?
Claim: Juvenile offenders shouldn’t be tried and punished as adults.
I. Introduction
a. There has been a lot of controversy over the issue of if juveniles should be tired and punished as adults.
II. Harsh Policies Do not work
III. Adult Convictions Jeopardize Children’s Rights and Futures
IV. Risks to Children’s Health
V. These Policies Violate Human Rights
VI. Negative Impacts on Youth Processed in the Adult System
VII. The Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act
a. What is the Juvenile Justice &
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Federal regulations have interpreted the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act to permit accused status offenders to be held in secure juvenile facilities for up to 24 hours following the initial contact with law enforcement or the court.
b. Juvenile Courts
IX. Get tough on Crime, not on Kids
a. The goal of adult prisons is containment, not rehabilitation. This explains why nationally the recidivism rate stands at 67%.
b. A child in a juvenile facility stands a much better changes of having an experience that will change his or her future for the better.
c. Most kids will come out of prison, prepared to do little else but return.
d. Give the kids a break
e. Kids are Kids, not Adults
i. Juveniles are special need offenders ii. “Kids are our future. Kids who are abused, neglected and unloved have very little change to “go the right way.”
f. Teens do not earn right to be executed

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