The Pros And Cons Of A Juvenile

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A juvenile can be tried as an adult and be given a life sentence in prison for numerous reasons, but the main one being murder. According to the Offices of The United States Attorneys, a juvenile is someone who has "not attained his eighteenth birthday." In other words, a juvenile is a minor, which is someone who is under the age of eighteen. A juvenile is someone who is legally not yet considered an adult in the eyes of the law. A juvenile is basically a child. Although the child may have committed a heinous crime, it is cruel to try him/her as an adult and thus possibly receiving a life sentence. No child should have to spend the rest of their life in a prison cell. Juveniles started being automatically tried as adults for …show more content…
No one deserves a life sentence. The juvenile may have had a lot of problems in his life and grew up differently than others. Your surroundings and environment play an important part in your life. Dontae Brown and Adele Birkenes add on in their Current Events, a Weekly Reader article "Life Sentence : is life without parole for juveniles cruel and unusual punishment?" saying, "People are not born bad. Upbringing and life experiences shape the adults kids become" (Brown and Birkenes). This is very true. People are born innocent, infants can do no bad. The way the child grows up is what molds the adult he or she will become. If a child grows up in a negative environment, it will greatly impact their life as an adult. Judges and the court system need to take into account the outside factors affecting the child before they try them as adults and give them life sentences. In the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth 's article "Facts and Infographics about Life Without Parole for Children" it reveals, "The majority of sentences to life without parole for youth have been imposed in states where judges are obligated to impose it as a mandatory sentence, without consideration of any factors relating to a child 's age or life circumstances" (Campaign). This means that in many states, judges are automatically …show more content…
The two are completely different. An adult has had many more years of life, giving them a better understanding of what is right and what is wrong. The brain of an adult and the brain of a juvenile do not function the same way. An adult brain is more developed. Gail Garinger, a former judge, in her New York Times article "Juveniles Don 't Deserve Life Sentences" argues, "Young people are biologically different from adults. Brain imaging studies reveal that the regions of the adolescent brain responsible for controlling thoughts, actions and emotions are not full developed. They cannot be help to the same standards when they commit terrible wrongs" (Garinger). This means

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