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Corrections Position Paper:

Juveniles Tried as Adults

by Michael Holland

There are thousands of children who have been sentenced as adults and shipped off to adult prisons all across the United States. The juvenile justice focuses on rehabilitation rather than punishment, as is the modern trend in corrections compared to the past. Although the focus is on rehabilitation and recidivism, until offenders are willing to accept the responsibilities and consequences for their own actions, change cannot occur. Each state’s statutes outline the guidelines that determine whether or not a juvenile offender should be tried as an adult. It would be foolish to ignore both security and safety issues that stem from youth now being incarcerated as adults. My belief is that a juvenile offender would have to meet a specific criterion to be tried as an adult based on age, priors, and type of offense. We have the ability to reach children at an impressionable time in their lives and show them there is an alternative to life behind walls because fifteen year olds do not belong in an adult prison. As with any topic of debate, there are two sides to the argument for juveniles being tried as adults. Those who support this notion argue valid points which shouldn’t be overlooked when dissecting this topic. First and foremost, the most important factor in my opinion and one that makes me question my position of stance; by trying a juvenile as an adult we are deterring and minimizing crimes committed by minors in the future. A second point of emphasis one in support of this would make is that it will bring justice to the victims. After all, a victim can never have back what was taken from them, whether that be a loved one, or their own self pride. In conclusion, another aspect brought to light is that in a juvenile court the judge makes all the decisions. In an adult court, the…...

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