Thursday, January 26, 2017

Should Juveniles Be Charged As Adults In The Criminal Justice System?

http://www.americanbar.org/publications/litigation-committees/childrens-rights/articles/2016/should-juveniles-be-charged-as-adults.html

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Summary: On June 3, 2016, a fourteen year old boy attended one of Donald Trumps  political rally's in New Mexico.  Prosecutors say that he was later charged with 2 felonies, and was tried as an adult for throwing a rock at the police.  The police later stated "We don't want to make an example out of a 14-year old. We want to guide him in the right direction." It is clear that the governments idea of the penal system was to educate and rehabilitate juveniles so as to attack what were believed to be roots of juvenile delinquency-a lack of moral education and standards.

Connection: Throughout the U.S, the women march occurred as the First Step to take in action opposing the new president.  Many civilians united by fear and rage that Donald Trump has caused people to stress. Just like the boy, people felt the right to rage and come together because of how they felt.

Question:  Although the 14 year old boy was in the wrong by throwing a rock at authorities, do you think he should have been charged with 2 felonies and tried as an adult? 






25 comments:

  1. No I do not believe that this should be happening. To me an adult is at least 18 or 19, but 14 years of age and charged with two felonies and tried as an adult is wrong and should not be justified. So if this is the way the government is trying to help the "delinquents" of the world it isn't just.

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  2. No I do not believe that this should be happening. To me an adult is at least 18 or 19, but 14 years of age and charged with two felonies and tried as an adult is wrong and should not be justified. So if this is the way the government is trying to help the "delinquents" of the world it isn't just.

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  3. I agree with Ian. Although there are better ways to express your anger with your words rather than violence, this kid should be still tried as a minor since he is under the age of 18. There is no reason it should be justified to charge a young teen as an adult.

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  5. I do not think that he should have been charged with 2 felonies and tried as an adult because he is a minor and when you are charged as an adult you will have harsher punishments and there is a higher change that you will be in an adult prison rather that in a juvenile hall. Also as the police stated, "We don't want to make an example out of a 14-year old. We want to guide him in the right direction." that is clearly not a valid reason because when being charged as an adult it will stay in his records so it will not help him in the future.

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  6. He's only 14 so its not fair that he's being charged as an adult.

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  7. He's only 14 so its not fair that he's being charged as an adult.

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  8. I agree with all these people above because he is barely a teenager, being charged with an adult matter. That is not fair at all. ;)

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  10. He threw a rock. That is something that any 14 year old angry kid would do. Even if it is at police, it is the act of a child. Murder, rape, armed robbery, I can understand a trial as an adult, but to charge him twice over something so childish is something that only Trump and his supporters could accept.

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  11. One is not "legally" an "adult" until age 18. By charging this 14 year old BOY as an "adult," the authorities are suggesting that this mere kid is indeed not a minor, but a legal adult. This is very wrong. If one can be considered an adult in the eyes of authorities at 14, then I presume he was able to vote in this past election. He is then also allowed to get a tattoo without the permission of his parents since he is considered an "adult." This also makes me eligible to have voted in the election, as well as get a tattoo because I'm older than 14... so that makes me an adult, right? This is ridiculous, in my opinion. It is simple: if someone is not 18, they should not be charged as an adult. Especially if it was a KID who threw a rock. Who cares. Move on.

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  12. i don`t agree with the 14 year old kid being charged with 2 felonies and tried as an adult. He is underage, he doesn`t know what he is doing and obviously people should be guiding him instead of being harsh on him. He needs someone to tell him what is right and wrong instead of charging him.

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  13. I don't think that that particular boy should be charged with too felonies, it was wrong of what he did, but doesn't deserve an adult sentence.

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  14. I don't think that he should of been charged like an adult even though he did throw a rock, but he was probably influenced by everybody that was in the rally. he is a little kid that didn't know what he was doing at the moment when he threw that rock they should have just gave him a warning before there charged him with 2 felonies.

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  15. Even though he did throw a rock at an authority, he shouldn't be charged with two felonies, and tried as an adult. A child isn't an adult yet, so therefore he should be tried for an adult sentence at a young age. If he had done something worse, than maybe he should be tried with an adult sentence, but he didn't hurt the person of authority too badly.

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  16. Being tried with an adult sentence at the age of 14 is like saying a murder charge is being dropped just because that person was mad and didn't mean for it to happen. Although throwing that rock was not the right thing to do, no 14 year old should be tried with an adult sentence and charged for two felonies.

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  17. I dont believe this is the right thing to do. There is a reason you are considered an adult when you are 18, charging a boy who's in middle school, or possibly a freshman in high school sounds unfair. The boy can still have consequences WITHOUT being charged as an adult, he can still learn his lesson by being put in juvie or still being charged as a minor. There are many other minors who are around 16/17 who have done worse things and are still tried as minors.

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  18. I don't think it was right that the boy was charged as an adult. He's only 14 and legally a minor. Although the boy resulted to violence, he's only 14 and there are many studies that show a 14 year old boy does not think and is not the same as an 18 year old. Ultimately the boy being tried as an adult is not fair since he is not an adult

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  19. The 14 year old boy shouldn't be tried as an adult for something like throwing rocks at someone. It is true that it was the wrong thing to do, but a 14 year old isn't able to act according to their logic as well as adults can. Trying him as an adult would be unfair.

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  20. Rock throwing and over-reaction... I believe this is how the Second Intifada in Israel started which resulted in mass death. Perhaps this is an extreme example, but laws are laws, and a minor is a minor unless they are indeed 18. Juvenile courts exist because discipline for adults is not fairly applied to children! Wrong or not, two adult felonies have likely ruined any career path this young man wanted to take. Bending the definition of adult for legal purposes is incredibly questionable, and risks hypocrisy in the future.

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  21. I think hes a savage for throwing at a rock at a cop, but i dont believe that kids under the age of 18 should be charged like an adult unless he or she commits murder, or man slaughter, etc. Other than that i dont think its justifiable for a kid to be serving an adult sentence under the age of 18.

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  22. To be honest, police these days make things so much bigger than they really are. Who got severely hurt? Nobody, so whats the point of making this situation so drastic. And to be 14 charged with all of that your life is basically over since you're going to be restricted to a limited amount of jobs or opportunities.

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  23. I don't think so. He's only 14 and probably saw what others were doing and decided to take part. The police seem to over reacting for a little mistake. Plus to put such a young kid in a legitimate prison isn't safe at all for someone at that age. It's not justified that a 14 year old serves a adult sentence.

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  24. I agree with jake that he is only 14 and was just following along with what the others were doing. 14 is way too far from being an adult and should not be charged with something an adult would have to handle.

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  25. I agree with jake that he is only 14 and was just following along with what the others were doing. 14 is way too far from being an adult and should not be charged with something an adult would have to handle.

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