Treat Juveniles Differently than Adult Criminals Essay

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Treat Juveniles Differently than Adult Criminals

I do not think it is a good idea to lock juveniles up in prisons with adults. For a child to set down and plan a murder for instance, there would have to be some kind of deep emotional problem. On the other side of this, if the child knows right from wrong and he can sit down and plan a murder, then you could say if he is old enough to kill someone then he is old enough to die. The juvenile criminal is rooted much deeper than right from wrong. It starts back from when they are small children. Most of them are usually outsiders or outcasts. Who can you hold fault for that other than society? If juveniles don't fit in with the popular kids in school they are considered an
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In my opinion, there is more than just the child who does wrong. It is society ,parents, and schools.
William Hurst, a researcher for the National Center for Juvenile Justice, says, "Now prosecutors decide entirely based on the crime. They do not take the time to investigate the social history of the child. They just ask, " what did this kid do?" Many of them are driven by political considerations and want to run for offices based on getting tough on crime. They know they are just damning kids, but want to appear tough. They send thirteen and fourteen year olds away for punishment. If you really want to create a monster then see what happens to a child who is locked up in prison for years."(Juvenile crime).
"It has become politically expedient to call for the imprisonment of children alongside adults. But this is no way to reduce crime,"says Ira Glassner, the executive director for the ACLU. "After the horrors these kids experience in prison, they are likely to commit far more serious crimes upon release than they did before they went in." (About.com) They need to put these kids in some kind of crime prevention program than a correctional facility. Studies have been shown to reduce crime substantially when compared to imprisonment after crimes have been committed.
There are questions raised. Are kids easier to rehabilitate than adults, or is a violent

child on the inescapable road toward becoming an even more violent…