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Not Yet an Adult in the Juvenile Justice System Essay

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By law, the age of 18 gives you a lot of privileges which means they define them as an adult. Compare to a teenager, adults are expected to depend on themselves while teenagers depend on their parents. Adults are expected to be responsible for their actions. Teenagers should also be responsible for their actions, shouldn't they? People should not treat teenagers as kids. Teenagers should know that committing a crime is wrong. The Justice Department says that about 10 percent of all homicides are committed by juveniles and almost every year, the FBI arrests more than 33,000 young adults for offenses. Crime is a crime and being a teenager is not an excuse from being punished by law like an adult.
The juvenile justice system is influenced
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They should also know the court will charge them as an adult for committing a crime for the second time even if the crime not as brutal as the other cases. Juvenile court is not a shield of youths from the consequences of their actions.
Teenagers are not kids. They are young adults. They know what they are doing. They know right from wrong. In Jessica Reaves article, she wrote her opinions about how kids understand violence:
“Kids today are more sophisticated at a younger age; they understand the implications of violence and how to use violent weapons. It is absurd to argue that a modern child, who sees the effect of violence around him in the news every day, doesn't understand what killing really is. The fact that child killers know how to load and shoot a gun is an indicator that they understand exactly what they're doing.”(Reaves)
Gun, knife and any other deadly weapons, even us youth knows that those could kill people. Maybe teens are not old enough to drive, drink, smoke but they are old enough to know that crime is a hateful thing to do. The argument of young offenders be charged in adult courts began in 1990. Many people had different opinions on whether they should be treated as adults or not. Even I had a hard time to choose which side I am agreeing with. At first, I thought that they all deserve a chance to change and that their brains are not completely develop that is why they should not be treated
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