Should Juveniles Be Tried As Adults

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The juvenile justice system is a network of agencies that deal with juveniles whose conduct has some conflict with the law. However, when young offenders commit a series of crimes and constantly being in trouble with the law, they are brought into the adult court where they will be subject to be punished for their crimes. In some cases, they are waivered into the adult system automatically such as in homicide cases. In the justice system, one question still stands for debate: Should juveniles be treated or tried as adults even though they have not reached the age of adulthood? I think it would be fair that juveniles be tried as adults, but only depending on the crime they committed.
There is definitely controversy over the juvenile justice system, and on whether or not they should focus more on letting the kid life a normal life, or make the spend most of his or her life behind bars. I feel that the courts of each state should try to focus more on the punishment part because if someone commits a crime, they deserved to be punished. Juveniles should be tried as an adult once they committed a violent crime such as murder. Marjie Lundstrom, a reporter from Sacramento Bee, said in her article, “Kids Are Kids-Until They Commit Crimes,” that, “they’re only kids. That is, until they foul up. Until they commit crimes. And the bigger the crime, the more eager we are to call them adults,” (4-5). Although they commit a crime such as robbery, I would not try them as adults.
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