Juvenile Crimes Of Juveniles

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Do you know of anyone who has been a victim of a major crime? I live near the nation’s capitol and our local news channel carries stories about people meeting this fate every day. The worst part is that the criminal is often under the age of eighteen. In 2016, in Washington, D.C. alone, there were 3,278 juveniles arrested for criminal activity (“Biannual Reports”). I find myself wondering if that criminal will be tried as an adult or merely spend time in juvenile detention. I wonder if the child understands the gravity of what they did. I am certain the victim of the crime is not thinking “they were just a child; they didn’t know any better.”
The United States considers a juvenile to be an individual seventeen years of age or
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Young adolescents (before age nine) primarily show pre-conventional morality. This stage of moral development is when an individual learns to obeys rules in order to avoid punishment. Pre-conventional morality development in young children demonstrates that they are capable of understanding that there are laws that need to be followed and failure to follow them will result in serious consequences. Older adolescents begin to show conventional morality. In this stage of development, an individual is a “rule follower”, simply because it is the right thing to do. The final level of Kohlberg’s morality theory is post-conventional morality. Kohlberg believes most people do not reach this level of development (Myers 448-450). These studies would indicate, regardless of the stage of moral development, adolescents are competent of abiding by laws. A common crime in my area has been attacks of metro riders by teen gangs. These attacks have resulted in injuries rather than robberies and are a popular post on social media for the gang members. One rider that was attacked said he believed the gang did this just for the fun of it (Uliano). If an adolescent has the moral reasoning to know right from wrong, they should be held accountable when they choose to do wrong. Justice cannot be equally fair and apply to everyone if the rules are according to age instead of severity of crime. For example, in 2016 in Washington, D.C., juvenile crimes

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