Essay about The Murder Of First Degree Murder

1076 Words Nov 15th, 2014 5 Pages
Gregory C. (pseudonym), who committed his crime of first degree murder at age fifteen, described his state of mind at the time. He said, “I didn’t know what I was doing. I was still a kid… Kids do a lot of stupid things… The person I was when I was fifteen…I didn’t even know who I was at that time” (United States: Thousands of Children Sentenced). Another prisoner, Thomas M. (pseudonym), broke out crying in court when he was sentenced in the eighth grade. “I don’t know if I fully understood but I kinda understood when they just said, ‘guilty, guilty, guilty’ and ‘life’ y’know? I was young. I wasn’t too educated” (United States: Thousands of Children Sentenced). These are stories of people who were tried as adults when they were still children. At an age where other youths would be thinking about high school, these juveniles were facing life sentences in prison, which is a serious issue. The US legal system should recognize that juvenile criminals should not be held to the same standards as adults, so they should not be tried as adults, regardless of their crime because trying juveniles as adults does more harm than good and juveniles do not think the same way adults do.
Liz Hare and Jennifer Bishop Jenkins, members of the National Organization of Victims of Juvenile Murderers and staunch believers in trying juvenile offenders as adults, argue that even though the word child is used, these “children commit some of the most horrific murders imaginable.” Hare and Jenkins…

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