Should Juvenile Offenders Be Sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole

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After reading the article Should Juvenile offenders ever be sentenced to life without the Possibility of Parole (Steinberg, L.& Scott, E. 2010) I did some research on the adolescence stage of human development, regarding the reason juvenile offenders should not be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. And I have conducted a few facts of the adolescent brain supporting this argument. I have heard many stories of the cruel and evil crimes that some children have committed. There are a number of causes that can occur during development, that can cause these, kind of criminal behaviors. Antisocial behavior which can be broken down into different types of behavior (1.) the presence of antisocial behavior for instance …show more content…
Children and adolescents with antisocial behavior disorders have an increased risk of school dropout or failing grades, early alcohol and substance abuse, suicidal acts or attempts, and criminal behavior. An important characteristic of antisocial children and adolescents is that they appear to have no feelings. Besides showing no care for others’ feelings or remorse for hurting others, they demonstrate none of their own feelings except for a very aggressive and antagonistic. But there are still a lot more factors that contribute to these disorders in children. According to A child’s world: Infancy through adolescence (Papalia, D. E., Feldman, R. D., 2011) many influences may push young people to violent acts, such as, the immature adolescent brain, particularly the prefrontal cortex, which is crucial to judgment and impulse suppression, ready access to guns in a culture that romanticizes gunplay, the presence of gangs at school, having witnessed or having been victims of neighborhood violence, or having been exposed to media violence. Finally, even though all of these factors alter a child’s behavior, a child should be allowed a second chance at a civil life being that their minds are still not fully developed, with proper therapy and teaching, a once rebellious child can grow up to be a very sophisticated individual. The article Should Juvenile Offenders ever be Sentenced to life without

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