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Should Teenagers Be Tried As Adults Essay

Should Juvenile Criminals Be Tried As Adults? Essay

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Crimes are most associated with adults. Murder is especially most associated with adults. When a teenager commits such a crime such as murder they must be tried, and they should not be treated with leniency and coddling, but with the full force of the law as an adult. A seventeen year old Robert Acuna, a Texas high school student, was being tried in court as an adult to determine the outcome of his sentence. He was going to find out whether he would live or die. Robert Acuna murdered his two elderly neighbors named James and Joyce Caroll. Robert Shot and killed both of them “execution style”, and then he stole their car and drove off. Adam Liptak wrote “Mr. Acuna’s youth should have counted in his favor. Instead,…show more content…

He had the reasoning and understanding of what he did, but he still went through with killing an elderly couple. The loss of brain tissue is undeniable, but it does happen during the teen years. So all adults will have gone through this loss and not all people have recklessly acted out only on impulse or have had the desire to kill someone and be willing to go through with it during their teenage years. The problem is some teens do decide to commit violent or other serious crimes. Another argument from those opposed to putting juveniles on trial as adults is that juveniles are incapable to plan and see the consequences. In 1993 a seventeen year old Christopher Simmons and his friend robbed, bound, and gagged then pushed into a river Shirley Crook who then drowned to death in the river. Having robbed and bound the victim showed a plan that the two juveniles created because they had the materials to bind the woman and the idea to rob her of possessions before killing her. The prosecutor of the two teens, George McElroy, said “Seventeen. Isn’t that scary? Doesn’t that scare you? Mitigating? Quite the contrary, I submit. Quite the contrary.”(Liptak pg.2) Another example of a teen showing the ability to

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  • If You Can Do the Crime You Can Do The Time

    Juveniles should deffinatley be tried as adults because, its not like they dont know what they are doing. Now a days people are smarter than you think, with the increase in technology, you cant take anyone for granite. If a person is aware of what they are doing and has control of what they are doing then they should be punished, hence the Insanity clause. Now, a kid at 14 years old shouldnt be insane. But if he is then he should be in a mental institution just like all the rest. Then again, everyone is equal right? I mean after all; This is America.

  • Tried as an adult

    I do feel that juveniles should be tired as an adult depending on the crime. I feel if a child decides to make a huge life changing decision they should have to suffer the consequences. If their crime is something little and they don't have a criminal background, then no I don't think they should be.

  • Tried as adult

    JUVENILES SHOULD BE TRIED AS AN ADULY AND IM SAYING THIS AND IM A JUVENILE MYSELF. Some people might think this is very harsh but i personally believe that if you commit a crime and were smart enough to do it then you are able to be tried as an adult

  • Kids should be charged as adults only if the crime committed is heinous

    I as a 17 year old teen, think that if a kid commits a crime like rape, murder, or something else like that, they should be charged as an adult. Otherwise, they should be charged as a Juvenile because there is a proven study that kids who grow up in bad homes, bad neighborhoods, or the like often do things because they don't know any better. They should get help.

  • Old enough to know what they are doing

    Minors, no matter how old are capible of knowing the difference between right and wrong. Minors should be charged as adults. No matter if its shop lifting or cold blood murder, charge the kids as adults and maybe they will start thinking like one and grow up. Minors are capible of knowing what they are doing, so there for they can pay the time for it .

  • Teens are NOT Kids, they are Young Adults

    13- 18 year old kids are smart enough to know that if you kill, rape, or torture a person, you will go to jail & you understand that your actions are wrong. Im 16 & im a good person, you don't see me killing, raping, or torturing a person because I don't have a develop mind. For teens who were involve but they did not know that someone was going to be killed, or didn't hurt anyone, they should get parole. But for teens who enjoys killing, then it should be death row for them

  • Be responsible for what you did!

    Minors should be tried as adults because they made the same mistakes as adults. If they had the guts to break the law they should have the responsibility to face what they did. Age does not matter because its just a number. What matters the most is for justice to be served how its supposed to be.

  • You Should Not Give Juveniles Special Treatment

    By not punishing juveniles to the full extent of the law, you imply that they are above the law. Most young criminals actually rely on the age bias, knowing that they will get a slap on the wrist before being let out. Imagine your most dearest and most cherished person being killed or raped by a juvenile. Not only do they automatically have immunity to the death penalty, but they will be, at most, detained for a small period of time.

  • All kids no right from wrong despite mental conspacity

    It you can train a dog to obey simple commands than how easy it should be for us as the highest form of intelligent beings to understand right from wrong despite your age. Kids today are far more intelligent 5yrs. Old today than they were at 10yrs. Old 30 years ago. We as a society have get out of the century year old mentality than 13-18 years of age are ignorant of their actions, because they're not and they will play the system as long as the system let them.

  • Being tried as an adult gives you more constitutional protections.

    Most minors waiver to be tried as an adult because they get more protections in court. When you are being tried as a minor you do not appear before a jury. You do get that right when you are being tried as an adult. Most juries are actually more in favor of the minor because he/she is just a child. If you think being tried as an adult will be harder for the minor to be found innocent you are wrong. Also, just because you are tried as an adult doesn't mean you are automatically found guilty; you could be found not guilty and wouldn't have to face punishment.

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