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Arguments Against Juvenile Crimes

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Not For The Rest of Their Lives Imagine being a parent and having to discipline your teenage child for bad behavior, and instead of following the rules he grabs his fathers shotgun. In a fit of rage he runs down the stairs in the middle of the night. He points the gun directly at his mothers head and pulled the trigger as his she laied sound asleep on the couch. Shooting her several times at close range .When a child commits a serious crime, should they be treated as an adult? Or should they be rehabilitated for their actions? There has been some controversy all over the world due to the violent acts of juveniles. When it comes to the topic of violent crimes most of us will readily agree that those individuals should be held accountable…show more content…
These children are not receiving the proper psychiatric rehabilitation. These young people who are incarcerated are surrounded by violent criminals, and unsafe facilities. The justice system should treat juveniles differently because they may have a series of problems and can be reformed. Some have suffered from child abuse, mental illnesses, learning disabilities, and even exposed to violence. In the article from the New York Times entitled, "Juveniles Don't Deserve Life Sentences" by Gail Garinger, he writes "Nationwide, 79 young adolescents have been sentenced to die in prison-a sentence not imposed on children anywhere else in the world. These children were told that they could never change and that no one cared what became of them. They were denied access to education and rehabilitation programs and left without help or hope"(93). It would be considered neglectful to imprison our criminal youth in society because there is a lack of social reform and other important rehabilitation processes. In some cases the rehabilitation process has turned individuals around to be successful members of society. I read an article about a fourteen year old boy named Greg Ousley from Indiana. One night his mother told him he was watching to many movies…show more content…
In 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. Alabama, now are requires to consider the unique circumstances of each juvenile defendant to determine an individualized sentence. A 2016 decision, Montgomery v. Alabama ensures that the decision applies succeeding. Sentencing a juvenile to mandatory life without the possibility of parole is considered unconstitutional. The Supreme Court ruled that judges must consider the unique circumstances of each juvenile. The supreme court ruled that juveniles cannot be sentenced to the death penalty because it is considered a disproportionate punishment for the youth. For instance, the Roper V. Simmons court case involved a boy named Christopher Simmons. He committed a murder when he was seventeen years old. He was then tried and sentenced to death after tuning eighteen. The court said that the death penalty for juveniles was cruel and unusual which violated the eighth amendment. In fact, an article entitled "Juvenile Life Without Parole: An Overview" by Joshua Rovener he writes," 12 states banned the death penalty in all circumstances, and 18 more banned it for juvenile offenders. The Roper ruling effected 72 juveniles on
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