In Society todaythere are many controversial issues, but one that stands out is Should minorsbe charged as adults for serious crimes? It stands out because that’s somethingthat should be talked about. We need to know if people think minors should becharged as adults for their actions, or not. It has been stated that theyshouldn’t be tried as adults because they are just kids and have no idea whatthey are doing. Currently, there is a great debate happening about whether ornot they should be tried as adults, some people believe that they shouldn’tbecause they come out more damaged. Yet others believe they should, they needto suffer the consequences despite their age. After examining both positions, itis evident that Minors should be charged as adults for serious crimes.
Ibelieve they should be charged as adults because they are responsible for theiractions, it’s not fair they get a more lenient sentence (even though some areserious), and it’s not fair to the parents of the victims or the other peoplein jail.Tobegin with, one reason they should be held accountable for their actions. Forexample, in paragraph 1 the author states “Juveniles who commit violent crimesshould be treated the same as adults” (Ray, Julie. “Public: Adult CrimesRequire Adult Time.
” Gallup Poll Tuesday Briefing, 11 Nov.2003, p. 1.EBSCOhost,search.
ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true=pwh=11655319=pov-live.).I definitely agree with this as this evidence suggest that there is people whobelieve that even though some kids are minors they should still be tried asadults. There is 59% who said they should be treated as so, the other 42% saidno.
When juvenile crimes started rising it was easier for them to be charged asadults. Yes, they are minors, but I’m sure that they have a good idea on whatthey are doing. When you are a kid you know that taking someone’s life is notokay, if other kids are capable of seeing that criminals are too. Not onlyshould they be responsible for their actions but they also shouldn’t off easy.Another reason is that they shouldn’t get more lenientsentences a criminal is a criminal despite their age. For instance, paragraph 3says “Why should juveniles be treated any different than adults when it comesto crimes” (9hchs1259,Houston TX.” Teens should absolutely be tried as adultswhen they commit adult crimes”. Tech Ink,www.
teenink.com/opinion/social_issues_civins/article/162031/teens-should-absolutely-be-tred-as-adults-when-they-commit-adults-crimes/.)I couldn’t agree more with this because them being under age shouldn’t affecthow the punishment is settled. Youths who commit crimes are still criminals. Ifthey rape someone, Kill, torture, stalk, they should be punished as adults dowhen they commit something so horrible. This fact proves exactly what I’mtrying to say, you would want someone who did horrible things to someone youlove to get the longest punishment as possible. Notonly should they get harder sentences but they should be tried as adults so thefamily of the victims can rest in peace, get closer in a way.
In paragraph 1its says and I quote “The criminals leave their victims and family to sufferforever since the criminals get a short sentence” (Goldmark, S. M. and Heather Newton.”Counterpoint: In some Situations, Teens Should Be Tried asAdults.” Points of View: Sentencing for Juvenile Offenders,3/1/2016, p. 3. EBSCOhost, search.
ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=pwh&AN=23575259&site=pov-live.).And I agree. The family is left in despair wondering where everything wentwrong and it’s not fair. They should be able to walk outside and not feel likethe offender is looking for revenge.
They should be able to sleep and not havenightmares. They should be able to rest in peace knowing the criminal is injail. Not perhaps doing what they did to their family to someone else. Wouldyou want that? Would you want the Juvenile delinquent that killed your lovedone to get a short sentence or long one, get tried as an adult or minor? Althoughsome people think they shouldn’t be tried as adults the point