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Juvenile Deliquency

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I. Juvenile offenders should be tried as adults in capital crimes because they knew the crime is wrong and unlawful, they still chose to commit it, and victims' families need justice.

A. A person is considered adult when they're accountable and mature enough to know what they do. When juvenile offenders commit a crime they have to take responsibilities of their own actions.

B. Juvenile delinquents are made not born. Juveniles who are forced into immoral and unlawful path of life due to their childhood is demonstrated when juvenile enters adulthood. They fall prey to the dirty aspects of the society and are lead to the wrong way.

II. If a youth is close to the adult age of 18 years they should be transferred to the adult justice system. It is not fair that after committing a crime, the juvenile court handles juvenile offenders on the basis of their youth rather than their crimes. Do to this inconvenience juveniles encourage themselves to still do their crimes because they know they are not going to get punished as bad because they are young.

A. Juvenile offenders should get punished in order to deter the next generation of juveniles from becoming predators. According to University of Texas researchers:"They are dubbing the first comprehensive study on trying and sentencing children in adult courts and prisons, work that quantifies the number of pre-pubescent children tried in the adult system and makes a case for all accused offenders under 18 to be tried and housed in juvenile facilities" (Kreytak).

B. Trying children as adults has coincided with lower rates of juvenile crimes. Light sentences don't teach juveniles the lesson they need to learn. If juveniles commit a terrible crime, they should spend a considerable part of their life in jail.

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