Wednesday, 14-year-old Nathaniel Brazill was found guilty of second-degree murder for killing his English teacher last year. No matter who commits it. In order to better understand the passion behind this debate it is best to gain some insight from both sides of the fight. Since then, the number of detained youth has. As a result of locking children away in these adult prisons, the young people became worse as a result of exposure to the more-hardened criminals.
Of the juveniles held in adult jails, most of them are awaiting trial, as 39 states permit or require that youth charged as adults be held in an adult jail before they are tried. Here is a list of certain points you should consider regarding this issue. Between 1990 and 2010, the number of juveniles in adult jails. Another question asked is how young is too young. This further hinders their ability to rehabilitate after they are released. Williams' attorney says it is difficult to predict whether the young offender would commit another violent crime in the future, but that he should have gone through all other court-ordered programs available to teenagers before being charged as an adult.
In my observation, the incarceration of young prisoners in adult prisons has an extremely destructive effect. Now a days people are smarter than you think, with the increase in technology, you cant take anyone for granite. Juveniles deserve to be tried the same as adults when they commit certain crimes. The idea was to educate and rehabilitate juveniles so as to attack what were believed to be the roots of juvenile delinquency—a lack of moral education and standards. Some people disagree and others agree.
Most minors waiver to be tried as an adult because they get more protections in court. She was only given 10 years. Because adolescents are physically incapable of making mature, responsible, well-processed decisions; and this isn't just because of lack of inexperience in life. Dohan, who has represented juveniles since the late 1980s, feels it's possible to rehabilitate most kids, even those who commit murder. And they are more likely to be victimized sexually.
Statistics compiled from 15 states revealed that juveniles prosecuted in adult court and released from state prisons were rearrested 82 percent of the time, while their adult counterparts were rearrested 16 percent less. A juvenile who is tried as an adult could end up being scared straight, which will deter them from continuing to break the law. The justice systems of America are becoming completely unjust and easy to break through. The other dangers The issue of course goes beyond a denial of education and other much-needed rehabilitative services. Leaving the decision open for interpretation allows juveniles in better home situations to get off with less, while those less fortunate see their entire lives taken away from them. Possibly the best solution for this is to stop it before it starts. Should minors who commit violent crimes be tried as adults? Judges had broad discretion over their cases without formal hearings, resulting in wide disparities in treatment of juvenile offenders.
Contrary to popular belief, it is the and not his or her parent or guardian who must decide what to tell the police and defense attorneys, whether or not to follow attorney instructions, whether to testify, whether to give information to the prosecution, and whether to go to trial or accept a plea bargain. Kids held in adult prisons don? This means a child may engage in dangerous behavior without fully realizing the risks and consequences for themselves and others. Like many states, California allows youth offenders as young as 14 to be transferred from the juvenile system to adult courts. The prefrontal cortex - which regulates aggression, long range planning, mental flexibility, abstract thinking, and perhaps moral judgment See has not yet developed in children. I feel if a child decides to make a huge life changing decision they should have to suffer the consequences. When we let society tell us how to discipline our children then violent children is the result.
Vanderbilt®, Vanderbilt University®, V Oak Leaf Design®, and Star V Design® are trademarks of The Vanderbilt University. Since these minors have committed the crime, they need to be held accountable. The ultimate consequences: Moral and financial Youth sentenced as adults receive an adult criminal record, which restricts them from many employment and educational opportunities as well as financial aid. Recent demonstrates that transferring children from juvenile court to adult court does not decrease recidivism, and in fact actually increases crime. Families of the rape, murder and violence victims watch as the law shield perpetrators of their loss and horror with leniency eliciting a feeling of lack of justice. For instance, in the case of two teenagers Juan Castaneda seventeen and Eric Ramirez nineteen, who in 2008 committed theft and in the process killed two people, injured another and attempted to kill others.
If a juvenile is beyond that age, they are automatically within the jurisdiction of adult criminal court, regardless of the offense charged. Here are some of the pros and cons for juveniles whose cases are waived to adult court. The only boundaries that seem to matter when it comes to being an adult are laws that restrain kids from things such as alcohol, pornography, and other materials seen as unethical. Fewer varieties of punishment In an adult court, criminals can only end up in prison, and even risk being given the death penalty. If they are convicted as juveniles, they would gain freedom from the system at age 25. We need to step up and help these kids not lock them up.