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Title: Should violent juvenile criminals be tried as adults?

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Corrections Title: Should violent juvenile criminals be tried as adults? Over the past few years, there has been an intense debate on the ways of trying violent juveniles who have committed brutal crimes. Some people suggest that juveniles should be tried as adults and sent to adult prisons with tougher penalties given as it acts as a strong deterrent to other juveniles. However some people suggest that juveniles should be sent to rehabilitation centres which focus on rehabilitation. In my opinion, violent juvenile criminals should not be tried as adults, instead they should be given an opportunity to receive rehabilitation. In fact, juveniles often commit crime because of family abuse, peer pressure and gangs, etc. ...read more.

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Youngsters are considered as minors since they are still in the process of growth and their moral values are easily influenced by the society. All the above show that the society do not treat juveniles as adults in general. So how come we try them as adults when they commit crime? As mentioned above, juveniles have gone astray mainly because they lack parental guidance and love and so they are influenced by friends to commit crime. What the juveniles need most is treatment and rehabilitation which help them to develop positive thinking so that they won't continue to be a risk to society. Furthermore, with proper treatment and counseling, juveniles can be reformed. ...read more.

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In addition, many studies show significantly higher recidivism rates for youths tried in adult courts than those tried in juvenile courts for the same crime. It is probably due to the poor environment of adult prisons and violent adult criminals kept in the prisons. As the juveniles are easily influenced by others, they are likely to imitate the negative behaviour of the adults in prison. Moreover the influence on the growth of juveniles is also greater since they are more likely to be sexually assaulted and beaten by others. Thus they will be scarred for life. All the above show that the juvenile justice system is far more effective than that of the adult in preventing recidivism and it is also more suitable for juvenile criminals. As a result, I believe violent juvenile criminals should not be tried as adults. ...read more.

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