Juveniles Tried As Adults

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A young girl, 12, blonde, walking alone on a Saturday night. Her destination; home, is only a block away. She is suddenly swept off her feet into a nearby alleyway and brutally attacked and killed. 3 months later her offender is put on trial. He is only 13. Juveniles who commit serious crimes should be tried as adults, because if they can make the decisions to take a life, they can serve the time for it, and acts of crime such as rape, and murder and adult crimes.

Crimes such as rape and murder are adult crimes. For example, if a child is capable enough to determine that they would be willing to take the life of another human being, then they are capable enough to be put in prison for the appointed amount of time, whether it is 10 years, or life. In addition, crime?s cost to society is the same regardless of the criminal?s age.

Furthermore, felonies and misdemeanors are erased from a minors record once they turn 18 in most states; so many apparent first time offenders in adult courts have already committed a serious crime or even many. Robert L. Sexton from ?The economics of Juvenile Crime? asks, ?Why should repeat offenders receive lighter sentences than adults?? The Juvenile Justice System, created over 100 years ago dealt with petty crimes, such as theft, and vandalism. The degree of crime among young people today is rapidly increasing. For example, around 1900, the Juvenile Court was to provide help and treatment for juveniles who were running away, truant, or petty theft. By the 1950?s many teens were stealing hubcaps, brawling, and drinking. By 1974, nearly half of all serious crime in America was committed by offenders under 18. By 1984, juveniles were committing 1,130 acts of murder,