Should Children Under 16 Be Tried As Adults

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Children under 16 years old, who have committed violent crimes, should not be tried as adults in the United States. Children under 16 should be put in a juvenile court no matter what crime they have committed. The child may know right from wrong, but they shouldn’t be sentenced years in a prison if they are younger than 16. However, they do deserve consequences for their actions, just not as harsh as adult court would make it for the juvenile. The U.S. Government should make a law to keep children under 16 out of adult court. Criminal court and juvenile court are very much different. According to Michon, “The focus of the juvenile justice system is on rehabilitation and future reintegration.” Rehabilitation is when the teen is going to restore

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