Should Juveniles Be Tried as Adults? Essay

2002 Words Apr 17th, 2005 9 Pages
Much controversy exists on the question of whether a juvenile criminal should be punished to the same extent as an adult. Those who commit capitol crimes, including adolescents, should be penalized according to the law. Age should not be a factor in the case of serious crimes. Many people claim that the child did not know any better, or that he was brought up with the conception that this behavior is acceptable. Although there is some truth to these allegations, the reality of this social issue is far more complex. Therefore we ask the question, Should childhood offenders of capitols crimes be treated as adults? To begin with, numerous reasons for why a child acts in the manner he exhibits and why he continues to exert such dangerous …show more content…
Even young children remember experiences that they have had. In some cases, these traumatic experiences have long term effects on the child. Violence increases a child's fear of becoming a victim, forcing them to respond aggressively to any action laid on them (Toch 213). "It is easy to think the infant or toddler is too small to understand violence, in fact, specifically that the experience is likely to take on particularly sinister and magical dimension." Beverly Jackson of Zero to Three/National Center for Clinical Infant Programs in Arlington, VA says, "And where violence is wholly unexpected, is combined with the actual loss of a parent or caregiver who is the center of the baby's world, the depression of a loved one or caregiver due to the loss, the fear of going outdoors, the belief that parents cannot be trusted to protect them, the impact is all the more severe." (Robinson-Briggs 120). The effects of violence on children can be intense. It can manifest post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In many cases witnesses and victims of violence later become perpetrators of it themselves. "The damage doesn't end when the bullets stop flying"(Robinson-Briggs 103). The earlier a child enters into the juvenile justice system, the more likely he is to continue a criminal career (Hyde 71). The law believes that children need

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