Essay on Trying Children as Adults for Criminal Offenses

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Trying Children as Adults for Criminal Offenses Should Juveniles be Tried as Adults? Violent crimes are committed in the United States everyday. Almost one-half of them are committed by teenagers ages 13 through 17 ("End of Line" 484). After the crimes have been committed and the lives of these children have been radically changed, society often demands that those who commit violent crimes be tried as adults, rather than as adolescents. Juveniles should be given light sentences and a second chance to return to the streets. Trying these teens as adults unjust and unfair, there other alternatives that our society can turn to, to help make our communities better places to live. We need to realize that children are our future, and we…show more content…
To make this story even more heart-crushing this young man was merely slapped on the hand with a sentence of two years in physciatric juvenile detention facility. If tried as an adult, this young man would have received 20 to 35 years maximum sentence in a state penitentiary without bail. Maybe this sixteen year old should have gotten more than two years but he came out a man from the detention facility (Wadsworth 11). He matured and learned to be himself, not wht other people wanted him to be. Rehabilitation programs are one alternative that has proven successful and helpful (Age 61). An example of a success story was Trina Leas of Peoria, Illinois. Trina was only 13 years old when she brutally shot and killed her classmate in the middle of class. Trina subsequently attended a local camp for troubled youth called "Peoria's Camp Neighborhood" and was totally changed. Now Trina lives a life free of crime and works in Peoria to help counsel youth (Age 64). Another success story from Wichita, Kansas concerns an eleven-year-old boy named Iman Reed. Young Iman had been hanging out on the streets and was a prime target for a revenge shooting. Out of fear for her son's life, Iman's mother enrolled him in the "Big Brother Program." This program paired Iman with a big brother, and now five years later, he has all A's and B's and has his sights set on a law degree. Iman is no longer involved with any street activities and

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