Juvenile Justice : Juveniles Serving A Life Sentence?

1831 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 8 Pages
Brittani Kiger
12/3/2015
English 101-021
Paper 3 Second Draft Juvenile Justice Just how many juveniles are currently behind bars serving a life sentence? According to an article on Huffington Post, “Nationwide, there are roughly 2,500 inmates who killed as juveniles that are serving life in prison without parole, including 309 California inmates serving such sentences, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.” (Elias). This begs the very question if juveniles should be charged as adults. There are many factors to contemplate when considering that very argument. You have to consider if the juvenile has control over what they are doing and knows it is wrong. However, you have to also consider at the same time that it is possible that their thought processes are not fully developed and they could be rehabilitated to function in society in the future. For the first side, we must consider if the juvenile is well aware that what they are doing is wrong and punishable in court. In some cases, the juvenile will commit a crime simply because they won’t get in trouble since they are not of age. This was the case in Roper V. Simmons. This case was the most recent in deciding if the death penalty should be allowed for juvenile offenders, and the answer to that was that anyone under eighteen should not be allowed to be sentenced to the death penalty. However, in the case of Roper V. Simmons, the facts showed that Christopher Simmons was well aware…
Open Document