Should Juveniles be Tried as Adults?
Violent crimes are committed in the United States
everyday. Almost one-half of them are committed by
teenagers ages 13 through 17 ("End of Line" 484). After the
crimes have been committed and the lives of these children
have been radically changed, society often demands that
those who commit violent crimes be tried as adults, rather
than as adolescents.
Juveniles should be given light sentences and a second
chance to return to the
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but for the extent of
the crime committed. The future must also be protected, not
put in jail. The problem can no longer be ignored; it must
be helped. Rehabilitation has proven to be successful, and
until these crimes can be completely prevented,
rehabilitation is a successful solution rather than locking
kids away. Now more than ever juveniles should remain
juveniles in the eyes of the law; they should be helped and
encouraged, not destroyed.