The Importance Of Sentencing For Juvenile Offenders

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"But he did not go to jail nor was he required to register as a sex offender. Instead he was sentenced to probation and sent back to live with his parents, two doors down from the victim" (Goldmark and Newton 2). Heather Newton is highly respected because of her many accomplishments; her novel Under the Mercy Trees was the winner of the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, SIBA Okra Pick, and the Women’s National Book Association Great Group Reads Selection. Despite the level or sophistication of the offence, many minors are charged as juveniles, and this is just because of their ages. The severity of the crime should decide this (Goldmark and Newton 5). The fact that this is all decided on age is disturbing because everyone that commits the same crime should get the same punishment (Goldmark and Newton 5). All people should be tried equally for their crimes; there should be no special circumstances or leniency on the basis of age, most notably …show more content…
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