Juvenile Offenders Should be Tried as Adults Essay

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During the 1970s and 1980s the system of juvenile justice had been changed drastically across the United States: a substantial share of the crimes committed by juvenile moved to the jurisdiction of the criminal courts. It happened due to the significant rise of the juvenile crime rates (Fagan, 2008). David O. Brink (2004), a philosophy professor, argues that this transformation was also a part of a more general trend “to get tough” with criminals, due to the increasing number of violent crimes. There are several main supportive arguments to be presented here. First, the transformation of the judicial system will help to maintain social order and justice, and also to prevent other juveniles from committing crime in the future; in addition …show more content…
At the same time, their age, and all other circumstances regarding their amenability, should be taken into consideration and examined in every separate case respectively. In addition to this, judges in regular criminal courts have all necessary knowledge and skills to try juvenile criminals correctly.
Second, it is very doubtful whether the juvenile justice can in fact achieve the proclaimed goal of rehabilitation. Many argue that the main goal of the juvenile justice system is not to punish, but to reeducate a person, so that she/he will not be able to commit a crime in the future. In order to support this argument, it is claimed that children and young people are especially easy to be manipulated, and most often their characters are formed, and thus their crimes are committed, due to the wrong upbringing, alcohol, drugs, growing in the poverty or experiencing violence in school. There are truly many hidden reasons behind any crime, but please think about the following: all adult criminals used to be children and juveniles as well; most who became serious criminals probably had certain difficulties in their childhood. Maybe their parents were alcoholics, or paid no attention to their education, and they eventually appeared to be influenced by the street.
Nevertheless, people do not evaluate every

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