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Dec. 19, 2002

Should juveniles be tried as adults?

by Edward Chan, Page Editor
As a 15-year-old, former freshmen David Dominguez allegedly stabbed two other freshmen, one of them several times in the back. Last month, two Whitman High School students—Andrew Klepper, 15, and Ryan Baird, 14—allegedly beat and sexually assaulted a young woman. John Lee Malvo, 17, admitted to pulling the trigger in at least one of the local sniper shootings, including the one that killed 72-year-old Pascal Charlot.

To allow these violent criminals to be released after spending a few years in juvenile correctional facilities would be a crime in itself, to the victims and to society. The current justice system protects the public and gives young criminals punishments that fit the severity of their crimes.

The maximum punishment that criminals prosecuted as juveniles can receive is time at a juvenile correctional facility until 21, regardless of their age when they committed the crime. For a 17-year-old murderer to serve a maximum four-year sentence would be not only a stinging insult to the victims but also a hazard to society. Under this policy, young killers could be back on the streets at the age of 21, ready to commit more crimes. Harsher and longer sentences are possible only through the adult criminal justice system. Studies have shown that juveniles tried as adults are more likely to serve terms that fit the severity of their crimes.

Harsh punishments also deter other young criminals from committing the same crimes. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 44 states and Washington, D.C., passed laws between 1992 and 1997 enabling the judiciary to transfer juveniles to the adult court system. Since then, juvenile arrest rates for violent crimes have decreased: In 1999, the percentage of all juveniles arrested for violent crimes fell to an 11-year low. Treating violent juveniles as adults sends a message that age does not excuse them from facing the consequences of their actions.

Some opponents of the current justice system argue that youths tried and sentenced as adults are disproportionately racial minorities. Regardless of whether or not racism exists in the criminal court system, the idea of trying juveniles as adults is not itself racist. Judicial racism and adult sentencing of juveniles should be treated as two separate issues; fixing one does not necessitate reforming the other. No matter what their race, all juveniles should be equally subject to the possibility of facing adult punishments.

Allowing juveniles who commit violent crimes to serve short, lenient sentences in juvenile correctional facilities simply does not do justice to society and to the victims involved. For a young man who repeatedly stabs a fellow classmate, for two minors who premeditate a violent sex assault and robbery, for a 17-year-old serial sniper who shoots innocent people and for other juveniles who commit heinous crimes, a few years at a juvenile correctional facility is an unjust punishment that fails to serve the victims and safeguard society from danger.



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  • Kamisha Hendrix (View Email) on January 8, 2003
    I THINK JUVENILS SHOULD NOT BE TRIED AS ADULTS BEACAUSE THEY ARE NOT OLD ENOUGH.
    • Jordan Friddle (View Email) on May 17, 2010 at 2:14 PM
      I believe that if the juvinile commits a violet crime then they should tried as adults. IF someone is 17 and kills somone they knew wat they were doing and they will do it again
      • daynaa (View Email) on February 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM
        they shouldnt
        they arent ready and dont know what to do
        • % (View Email) on April 7, 2014 at 11:28 PM
          but they are already 17......you can not deny that nowadays teenagers are mature earlier than before,and they know what they are doing.May be the problem is that they don't think what they are doing is wrong......
  • Angela Marie Mershon (View Email) on January 8, 2003
    I thinnk that Juveniles shouldn't be tried as adults because some kids get killed at a young age and don't know no better.
  • angel (View Email) on January 14, 2003
    I think juveniles shouldn't be tried as adults because they the rest of their life to guided in a path that shows them that is not the road they want to go down. the child should be required to go through some kind of program to see if he/she is having some kind of problems at home or out side of the home. And besides a child has so much more to learn why should they be treated as adults when it comes to crimes and when it comes to something else they are constantly being reminded of being a child.
  • someone (View Email) on January 18, 2003
    I think that youth who commit crimes should be held responsible and tried as adults. if they think they can break the law and get away with it, then how is that going to ever stop the youth from committing crimes. perhaps if their punishments were more intense they would think again about what they are doing before it is too late. I don't think that anybody adult or child should just be locked up though, they should also have opportunities while in jail to make a better life for themselves, otherwise they can sit in jail for the rest of their lives. it's really their choice. if the youth of today want to break the law; then they should be required to take whatever punishment they deserve, and be tried as adults.
  • Maria (View Email) on January 18, 2003
    I don't agree with him juvenile are just that juvniles not adults.
    • joelbattle (View Email) on June 27, 2012 at 1:47 PM
      you dont understand that there are deadly kids out there and just a couple years on time out wont help them.they have to face the real world sometime why not now

  • Heather (View Email) on January 19, 2003
    I think that if juveniles are capable of killing or harming other students/colleages, than they should be tried as adults. It's the same incidence if a teacher were to kill or cause harm to another person. The crime is the same. Why should they be tried different? I feel that part of the reason juveniles go through with causing harm to another, is they know that they may receive slight punishment or in some cases, none at all. Is this really moraly right?
    Please share your views with me. Feel free to e-mail me at Beabeast555@yahoo.com
  • Jessica havrum (View Email) on January 29, 2003
    Im from missouri and i dont think that juveniles shouldn't be tried as adults because that is just like charging a mentally challenged person and that is wrong, because they dont know what is right or what is wrong. If they are really young like the five year old in florida he didnt know what he was doing, why did you have to try him, he didnt know his constitutional rights.He is just a kid, and probably in a misfit home. That's why he did what he did. The right to try juveniles as adults should be illegal in all states. that's just like you going out and killing them yourself, so you should be put in jail, but your not because its the law. So that's what I think.
  • tasha bell (View Email) on January 30, 2003
    when you enter school, in school you are tought what is right and wrong, even the young know that muder, rape, ect are wrong. juveniles should be tried as adult they know that what they have done is wrong and they should be treated as adults.
  • bob dole (View Email) on January 30, 2003
    I think jessie is wrong and immature and she should not be aloud to submit again.
  • Amanda (View Email) on January 30, 2003
    I believe juveniles who commit adult crimes should be treated like adults. I a young kid can do an adult act, he/she should be tried like one. If at such a young age they are able to act as an adult, when they get out of juvy, what do you think they are going to be able to do then--Even worse acts of violence. Do the crime, pay the time. If you want to act like an adult, the take it like a man and pay your consequenses!
    • Nezzie (View Email) on March 25, 2009 at 1:59 AM
      I Think that juvenile's should be tried as adults. They know the difference between right and wrong. If the Justice System let's them out in a few years, then they'll just do it again. This way if the System tries them as adults, Maybe they won't do it again. In prison they got all the time to think about what they did. They didn't give their victim a chance, so why does the system have to give them one? If they can take someone's life away, why should we spare their's?
  • Drifter (View Email) on February 2, 2003
    You can’t let juveniles commit serious crimes and let them get away with them. How do you expect to stop them if they can get away with doing crime? More intense punishments would make them think twice before doing something bad. Teen-agers account for the largest portion of all violent crime in America. Older teen-agers, ages 17-19, are the most violent of all age groups. Juveniles must be punished properly for murder. You can’t just sentence them to a brief jail time. In juvenile court, a youth that may have committed a serious crime may receive the same jail time as someone who committed a small crime like stealing a bike. Murder is a very serious thing. You can’t just let juveniles literally get away with it and let them murder some more. Juveniles should be tried as adults for serious crimes.
  • Nitasha (View Email) on February 5, 2003
    i dont' think all juveniles should be tried as adults b/c some kids aren't all there. I'm in a business law class and i read this article and this kid had the mind of an 8 yr old and he was 12. They were doing WWF moves and the 12 yr old kid killed the other one by slammin them down on the ground. And his sentence was 25 yrs to life. No porole. ITz not that fair
  • stacy (View Email) on February 5, 2003
    I believe all juveniles who commit a felony regardless of age should be tried as adults. We are all tought right from wrong at a young age and if a person is capable of commiting a crime as serious as a felony they are mature enough to accept adult consequences.
  • erika (View Email) on February 6, 2003
    i think minors should be tried as adults for violent crimes because they think they are old enough to murder or injure someone so then they are old enough to pay the price.even if it is the death penalty eye for an eye life for a life.they are old enough and should know better!
  • kaana (View Email) on February 9, 2003
    Are you an axpert,Edward Chan, or are you just stating your opinion?
  • Lyana (View Email) on February 10, 2003
    I believe that anyone who commits a crime is obiviously well aware of what they are doing. Therefore, they should be aware of the consequences, whether they are under age or not. Juveniles should be tried as adults. The only thing that seperates a juvenile from an adults is a number(age). That makes us all no different for one another. Anyone who commits a serious crime should be seriously punished no matter how old they are.
  • crazy man (View Email) on February 10, 2003
    i disagree with edward chan. there's a lot of evidence indicating that juveniles tried as adults reoffend more quickly. you can't try a 13-year-old with the mentality of a thirteen-year-old as an adult. most of juveniles waived to the criminal court return to society stigmatized by their criminal label. Its also likely that they will return more dangerous than they were when they committed the offense, especially if they served alongside adults. Its not right to send children to adult prisons because they are often victims of homosexual rape and other violence from the hardened criminals they reside with.
  • Chelsea on February 12, 2003
    I Beleive that minors should be tried as adults because if they know what they are doing its just th esame. Most minors that murder somone only gets 21 year which they may come out of jail just as crazy.
  • shanteell (View Email) on February 12, 2003
    My friend Bobbby and I tottally agree. We are doing a debate about it to. Thanks for the great iformation!Bye!
  • Steff (View Email) on February 13, 2003
    Although juveniles are clearly capable of commiting some pretty awful crimes, many of them do not have the cognitive abilites to understand the impact of their actions. They have a very self centered approach to the world that comes with lack of maturity do to their young age. Diminished Capacity can be used as a defense in adult courts, and I believe that children have a diminished capacity simply because they are young.
  • stacy (View Email) on February 17, 2003
    I totally agree with what you are saying, at the moment in doing a paper in my english class to tried minors as adults because i feel that they need to pay for the pain they have inflected on the society. In my mind it isnt fair for anyone to be treated different because of their age because they are the one that decided to inflect on the crime in the first place. if u have any information to help me with my paper please contact me at the given email adress below or above.
    thank you,
    stacy (soccerbabes1818@msn.com)
  • josh (View Email) on February 19, 2003
    juviniles should not be tried as adults no matter what there crime is most of them who commit hanis cries are not in there right mind.
  • chet on February 23, 2003
    I agree. the juveniles that do these crimes and have problems should have gotten help before comitting the crime.also at the age of 12-18 you should know what is wrong and right.
  • Matt (View Email) on February 24, 2003
    Juveniles are not mature enough to make there decisions!!!
  • Bobbi lynn (View Email) on February 25, 2003
    I totally agree because If it was me i would want the right treat that i get for whut i had to done to some one else . Plus that has hapeened to me and the boy got nothing expect a year on probation.
  • Deanne (View Email) on February 25, 2003
    Juveniles SHOULD be tried as adults. Young crime committers can be VERY dangerous to our society. DO WE WANT KILLERS ON THE STREETS AFTER THEY ARE RELEASED FROM A SHORT PRISON SENTENCE BECAUSE THEY WERE TRIED AS JUVENILES????
    I think not!
  • :D (View Email) on February 27, 2003
    I feel that some of the people who wrote responses are stupid.
    • krystal (View Email) on April 25, 2011 at 10:04 AM
      i think you may be right but i can't talk much. i wrote a comment too.
  • TryThemAsAdults (View Email) on March 1, 2003
    "I think jessie is wrong and immature and she should not be aloud to submit again."

    I couldn't agree more. Juveniles are NOT like mentally challenged people. They know DANG well the difference between right and wrong, and a large part of this is the parents responsibility. Learn how to raise your kids.
  • Mike (View Email) on March 2, 2003
    If Juveniles are tried as adults, why cant adults be trieds as juveniles, you see the sytem is using fair justice there are no equal im using reverse style
  • Maria (View Email) on March 3, 2003
    Juveniles should be tried as adults being as they have committed an adult crime. But what are some other legitimate reasons that juveniles should be tried as adults?
  • jen (View Email) on March 3, 2003
    juveniles need to be tried as adults no matter what age they are!!!!!
  • Kristy (View Email) on March 3, 2003
    i think it all depends on the crime commited... if a child murdered some1 and they are like 11, then they should have a harsher sentence then a correctional facility till their 21.
  • ashley (View Email) on March 3, 2003
    In my oppinion juveniles Should be tried as adults for felonys....if they are old enough to do the crime, then obvisly they r old enough to do the time!! It upsets me the way that ppl treat teens today, they r killer teens and should be treated as killers!!!! If the government doesnt hurry up and do somthing about it then our government flat out sux!!! they need to buckle down on these outta control teens and they need to stop treating then as kids when they commite murder!! Just b/c they grew up in a bad neighborhood doesnt mean they can go off and do w/e they want!! Im sick and tired of hearing ppl say well he is only -- (w/e age) age shouldnt matter when it comes to the LAW!! Tell the whole life story to some1 who cares!!!!
  • dane on March 4, 2003
    all of you who said that juveniles should be tried as adults should stop and think of a few things. The fact is that it is possible to rehabilitate most of them. Is it fair for someone who commits a crime when they are very young to rot in a cell for the rest of their lives? I've visited people in jail, and i've been able to see how they live, how is it fair to make someone spend the rest of thier lives in there for something that they did as a child??
  • lXl (View Email) on March 5, 2003
    I think all juvenile should get the most serious penalty if they kill someone. x_x
  • hey on March 10, 2003
    i think they shouldn't becuz there' small people
  • Nina (View Email) on March 11, 2003
    I think juveniles should be tried as adults. Because if you kill someone then you should be punished for your doings. If you have a thought of killing someone then you should be punished. Thank you very much.
  • Jennifer (View Email) on March 11, 2003
    I just dont understand why this teens are murdering and sexual abusing other people. They should be given the killin shot, euthanasia!! They should be treated as an adult because murder is murder
  • sami (View Email) on March 11, 2003
    i believe that children and teens under the age of 15 should have a special program that they have to go through 4 a long time till they are right in the head again, and understand what they did and how it was wrong.
  • Chris Woodhouse (View Email) on March 13, 2003
    In our country, we have standards for things. We put an age limit on drinking, and an age limit on buying cigarettes. The reason we have these standards is that we don't think that the youth of our nation cannot make well-thought-out decisions when facing issues such as bying these substances. The government doesn't believe that youth are smart or mature enough to buy those things yet. Why do we think they are mature enough or smart enough to fully comprehend the consequences of their actions when making a complex decision such as murder. The fact is, we don't know if they can. We have standards for a reason.
  • John lee (View Email) on March 14, 2003
    Juveniles who have been tried as adults do not come back to their normal state and often they are themselves raped or killed in prison. Many of these kids are mistreated in school and are made fun of, they think that they will get away by killing people then killing themselves idont think so send them all to jail, if they have the courage to plan a tough crime execute them.
  • Lydia on March 14, 2003
    The courts should not be punishing kids, parents should. Prosecutors should be more concern in punishing criminals, and parents disciplining their children.
  • Jean Theagene (View Email) on March 17, 2003
    To me try juveniles as adults is not too much of a problem, but place them among adults after sentencing is a serious mistake.
  • Tiara Kasten (View Email) on March 17, 2003
    I think that juveniles shouldn't be tried as adults because, first of all, I'm a Buddhaist which means that it is my religion to believe that people can get better, and they can change, and they can make a difference. I also don't think it's right that most of the youths that are tried as adults have been physically, sexually, or emotionally abused because I myself have been abused by my birth mother and I think that hat these young adults and pre-teens really need is a bit of conseling to help clear their minds incase they've been brain-washed.
  • shawn (View Email) on March 18, 2003
    do not try juveniles as adults because they are not old enough
  • Elizabeth (View Email) on March 18, 2003
    I think they should try juveniles as adults. It all depends on the crime they commited. If it's a small crime such as starting a fire then they should go to "joo-vee" but if it's something serious as in killing someone then they should go to an adult prison. Yes I know it's unsafe for the youth but if they don't want to go the only thing for them to do is not to commit the crime.
  • John Bishop (View Email) on March 18, 2003
    Many people use the arguement that charging kids as adults is wrong, similar to charging a mentally ill person who doesnt know right from wrong.
    "Jessica havrum :: tessie_1202062yahoo.com :: 1/29/2003
    Im from missouri and i dont think that juveniles shouldn't be tried as adults because that is just like charging a mentally challenged person and that is wrong, because they dont know what is right or what is wrong."
    It seems to me that I know right from wrong, and it seems you do too, because you think it is wrong for kids to be tried as adults.
  • Candice (View Email) on March 18, 2003
    I believe that juveniles who commit heinous crimes should be tried as adults depending upon the circumstances of the situation based on the crimes being committed, but I don't think that juveniles should be placed among adults after being sentenced.
  • shawn peaslee (View Email) on March 20, 2003
    eye
  • India Carney on March 23, 2003
    I don't think that juveniles should be charged as adults because they're too young. Why wait until you're 21 to drink if you can share a jail cell with a grown, sex depraved man at the age of 16? There are certain crimes out here that are sending juveniles to prison and letting adults walk around free. Just for the simple fact of the age. Don't get me wrong, if you commit the crime, then you should do the time, but let the children serve time in a juvenile detention center, or somehwere else besides an adult prison. Like someone said earlier, there should be a special program that they must go through for a certain period of time. So, if anybody from the government is reading this, you need to set up a meeting tonight and work on that! Thank you for your time!!
  • AMie (View Email) on March 24, 2003
    I am doing a essay (pro) about juveniles being tried as adults and i have read and heard many positives and negatives regarding this subject. All I have to say are: brutal crimes are brutal crimes no matter what age you are (an eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth), maybe if juvenile know that the death penalty is on the tabel they will think twice about what they are doing, and it will demonstare it is not okay for any child to commit crimes. I am still finding it a hard subject to persuade but i have realized a lot of things and this article has helped me along with this process. thx!
  • Ashley (View Email) on March 24, 2003
    I think that juveniles should be tried as adults because some of the juveniles r commiteing really bad crimes wores than adults and adults are getting a bigger punishments than the adults, and the juveniles no what they are doing is wrond and the should no better. and if they commite one crime they are most likely to commite another crime.
  • Jacqueline (View Email) on March 27, 2003
    i think juveniles should be tired as adults and im doing a paper on this subject and i think if they are old enough to do the crime they are old enough to pay the time.That way they well lean from there misstakes
  • jane doe on March 30, 2003
    clowns are cool
  • Naman (View Email) on March 31, 2003
    i htink juviniles should not be treated as adults cuz their getin peerprusered around by older people and the should defenitly not be in jail with older people.
  • Ahmed (View Email) on April 1, 2003
    this is so gay hahahaha
  • gaybob (View Email) on April 1, 2003
    i dont really care about this im just bored
  • shorty (View Email) on April 2, 2003
    I think the same if we are old enough to commit a crime we are old enough to pay for the consequenses
  • Wendy (View Email) on April 2, 2003
    I think that it depends on the crime. If they committed burglary or something that was not deadly, then no they should be treated as juveniles because for the most part you tend to do dumb things and make the wrong choices when you are young. However, if its to a point where its a serious crime such as rape or murder then YES TREAT THEM AS ADULTS. at age 12 they know right from wrong and they should know playing with guns or killing someone is definately wrong. there is no excuse for what they did and like the saying says if you did the crime pay the time. It wouldn't be right to be kill or rape someone and be left off the hook because they are minors.
  • Tara Rinehart (View Email) on April 3, 2003
    I agree in some cases with both sides of the issue, but what do you say to the family of another kid that just got his head blown off by another classmate because he took his girlfriend or something. You don't know what you'd say do? Well it all depends on the crime and circumstances within in it, but i'm not considered an adult yet and i don't consider myself the same as mentally handicaped. And i know that some kids that committed the crimes have been abused in some way or another, and i believe that that should be taken into account, but it's still no excuse for what they did. If they are that bad in mental health, they can plead mentally unstable and get put in a nut house. So no matter what, if you do it you do it, i'm not talkin about kids wrestling and someone accidentally gets killed, those are all questions of "What IF"and no one can really tell us the answers, but for the most part, If you do it, you pay for it!
  • star (View Email) on April 3, 2003
    i think that they should not be tried as an adult because of there age and so what of the crime they are still juvenilesand they should just go to juvenile prison.
  • InphekT1ousM1ND (View Email) on April 3, 2003
    Haven't you people ever taken psychology??? Young adolescents don't realize the reality of object permanence. If you take a young child (toddler) and cover up his favorite toy right in front of him, he won't be able to conclude that the toy is under the blanket. The same applies for; but not to the same extent as minors. Young Children watch tv and everytime they watch cartoons; one of the characters is usually dismembered or killed, but yet he always appears in the next segment. Kids view this to be reality and thus they have a hard time understanding why their childhood pet fish is mysteriously floating upside-down in his fish bowl. They cant be held for the same penalties as Adults, because we view them as inferior beings, which is why we put restrictions on drinking ages, voting ages, etc. Why should minors be subject to the same penalties if they dont fall under the same rules as every other "Adult"
  • Sophomore on April 3, 2003
    Juveniles should most deifinately b tried as adults. They realize that there are consequences to EVEERYTHIN'. They think that just b/c they iz under 17 they gonna get it easy? If they can do tha crime than they can f***n' well do tha time!!
  • Jeremy Hoffman (View Email) on April 4, 2003
    InphekT1ousM1ND, I am taking psychology. Object permanence develops around an age of one year. An 18-month-old baby will look under the blanket that just covered up their toy.

    So, although your point is interesting, it's completely wrong.
  • Jennifer (View Email) on April 6, 2003
    Why the hell this stupid teens are murdering nad sexual abusing people? They should get lock up emmidiatley. I hate them i just know that murder is murder.
  • Rico (View Email) on April 7, 2003
    Juveniles have both the maturity and capability of both a old and young person. Everyone should know that things drive us to the edge and once we are there, there's no turning back. A decision is made and the consequences follow. Why should a younger offender be treated differently. Because they are not old enough. What the age have to do with right or wrong, if you don't know right from wrong at the age 4, then your parents must not be doing their part. What is the difference between an adult stealing and a juvenile doing the exact same thing. The same goes for murder. If you think morals differ with age, prove it.
  • Stacy on April 7, 2003
    All of you just interest me with this psychology stuff "If you cover up an 18 month olds toy........." Yada Yada Yada. Obviously all of you did not pay attention to the rest of the psychology book. Because Sigmund Frued says that once you reach the age of 11 years old you are who you are and understand right from wrong and the consequences that come from doing either of the two. By all means we are not discussing an 18 month old commiting murder either. I knew when I was 11 if I did something I wasn't supposed to their was consequences to come along. The little sob's deserve to rot in prison for the rest of their lives. I is unjust to this society to allow a 17 year old sniper to stay in a juvenile facility until the age of twenty one and then be free. I can understand that that is someone's child but hell obviously you weren't a very good damn parent if your kid has enough issues to run around killing people.
  • Ashleigh (View Email) on April 8, 2003
    I THINK THAT JUVENILES SHOULD BE CHARGED AS ADULTS WHEN IT COMES TO CERTAIN CRIMES. SUCH AS MURDER,RAPE ETC. UNLESS THERE IS A MENTAL ISSUE THAT IS IN EFFECT AND THERE IS PROOF THAT THE JUVENILE CAN'T THINK THE WAY THEY SHOULD. BUT JUVENILES SHOULD KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG AND KNOW THE CONSEQUENCES.
  • A concerned Native (View Email) on April 9, 2003
    i think that in most cases that a minor should NOT be tried as and adult becasue in some cases they are pressured, nervous, or even black maled into to doing there crimes or comitting there felony, but in other situtatioins where they know what they are doing then they should be tried as an adult
  • A concerned Native (View Email) on April 9, 2003
    i think that in most cases that a minor should NOT be tried as and adult becasue in some cases they are pressured, nervous, or even black maled into to doing there crimes or comitting there felony, but in other situtatioins where they know what they are doing then they should be tried as an adult
  • alex ceaser (View Email) on April 9, 2003
    ya'll really suck this is the sorriest site i have ever seen
  • jo shmo (View Email) on April 10, 2003
    in school i am doing a debate on this topic tanx for the info. it really helped
  • ***** (View Email) on April 10, 2003
    I THINK MINORS SHOULD BE TRIED AS ADULTS IF THE DO SOMTHIN SERIOS LIKE MURDER OR ASSULT.THE CHILD REALLY KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG EVEN AT A YOUNG AGE. MOST OF THE MINORS THAT THE ARE DESPUTING WHETHER SOULD BE TRIED AS ADULTS OR NOT ARE EITHER TEENS OR PRETEENS SO THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER
  • marie (View Email) on April 10, 2003
    i dont think dat juveniles should be tried as adults because i dont think dat they are mature enough to handle da consequences are 2 really comprhend rightly what dat they have done!!!!!
  • bob (View Email) on April 12, 2003
    I think that if you are a teenager then you should be tried as an adult. Because you know right from wrong by then. But for only some crimes like murder and stuff. Because why should it make a difference in age if you kill someone, bcuz a murder is murder.
  • Anthony (View Email) on April 14, 2003
    i agrre but at school I am doing a project on Juviniles being ried as a adults. so i came across this but It doesn't help me any. Well gatta find information that i should not trial juviniles as adults.
  • 00000 (View Email) on April 14, 2003
    Although these teens are capable of knowing what they are doing is wrong, most however are not capable of understanding the judicial system and how to best defend themselves in court. I would sugest that these teens should be tried in a juvenile system in order to protect their rights and best represent themselves, but still raise the possible level of punishment to match that of a person being tried for the same crime as an adult.
  • irvinisgay (View Email) on April 15, 2003
    In my oppinion juveniles Should be tried as adults for felonys....if they are old enough to do the crime, then obvisly they r old enough to do the time!! It upsets me the way that ppl treat teens today, they r killer teens and should be treated as killers!!!! If the government doesnt hurry up and do somthing about it then our government flat out sux!!! they need to buckle down on these outta control teens and they need to stop treating then as kids when they commite murder!! Just b/c they grew up in a bad neighborhood doesnt mean they can go off and do w/e they want!! Im sick and tired of hearing ppl say well he is only -- (w/e age) age shouldnt matter when it comes to the LAW!! Tell the whole life story to some1 who cares!!!!
  • sunny on April 15, 2003
    If a minor muders or kills someone i believe they should get the same punishment as adults.I am 13 years old and i know what is right from wrong especially if it is hurting another person.From what i read aminute ago all these minors mentioned in the paragraphs above were 14-17 if i know whats right i know they should.The only way i see someone that murders someone get minor punishment is if they r mentally retarded or have mentally chalenged abbilities. Other than that i dont think they should get minor punishment if they r commiting crimes as big as taking someones life on purpose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Casey (View Email) on April 16, 2003
    I believe these children need a second chance. When tried as an adult they never expirence life to its fullest. Most of these kids are victims of broken homes. Is it fair to judge them at such a young age? Yes, the acts they commit are very horrible and they should be punished but, are they able to fully understand what they have done? When growing up in a broken home many children suffer from depression. When this disease is not treated properly it can lead to other disturbing things. These children all give out some kid of warning signs. Is it their fault they were not noticed?
  • brooke (View Email) on April 20, 2003
    I believe if minors are adult enough to commite an adult crime, they are adult enough to take an adult punishment.
  • neicy (View Email) on April 21, 2003
    I agree the harsher the crimesaretheharherthe punishment for the crime is. Because why shouldyou be able to kill somebody and just because your young you get to go to juvenile until your 21 amd then you are free to go comitt a more harsher crime, because they mighthink well.. heyi got away with it once then maybe i could get awat with it again. So if the crime is really bad no matter what age then you should be tried as adult. Because if your bad enough to use a weapnthen your bad enough to take the punishments.
  • tim swager (View Email) on April 21, 2003
    this isnt an opinion..what happens to a 15 year old with prior offences that robs a gun shop of 32,000 dollars worth of merchandise? just need to know, timswager@hotmail.com
  • Jessica (View Email) on April 22, 2003
    I'm 16 years old, and I've known right from wrong since I was 6 and 7, yet people say juvenile offenders don't fully know what they are doing enough to deal with the punishmnet? People say they juveniles need to be given a second chance, but juveniles who murder someone didnt' give them a second chance, so the murderer should share the same fait as their victim.
  • anonymous on April 24, 2003
    When you are considered a youth or teen you should'nt be charged as an adult, because by law when you are 18 you are legelly an adult . Young people make up 2% of the death-row population , and today 60 men that commited crimes as juvinilles are still awaiting exicution for crimes they committed as a juvinill defender.
  • blank check on April 25, 2003
    yes if they committ murder let 'em be locked away for ever. if they are cerial killers they should get the death penalty if convicted
  • blank check (View Email) on April 25, 2003
    yes if they committ murder let 'em be locked away for ever. if they are cerial killers they should get the death penalty if convicted
  • Scotty Potty on April 25, 2003
    Minors dont know what crimes are against the law. They are only kids. I dont think they can control their temper as well as adults can. I am 10 and i know right from wrong but i know alot of people that dont know right from wrong. It is soo sillly. I just dont think that people as young as me and other people older and younger should have to waste away their likfe in jail or make the other people cut their life shourt by killing the when they are just little kids. If you were young would you want to be put to death for making one little mistake. How would you feel put you in the shoes of someone who got bullied and lost your temper and then be put to death. Plus if you decide to kill somebody by the electric chair doesnt that make you a criminal too. You killed them just not the same way as they killed the other person. But isnt it the same. You killed them for making one mistake. It is just not right.
  • yodo shmoshmo (View Email) on April 25, 2003
    i think they should because if a minor committs murder its the same thing.if a 17 year old committ murder they should know better, and they're just doing it to themselves. its common sense
  • yodo shmoshmo (View Email) on April 25, 2003
    yes because then minors will know the consequenses for their actions and it will prevent future crimes so boo ya scotty.
  • jason (View Email) on April 25, 2003
    if a person is over 15 then they should be tried as an adult
  • Carual on April 25, 2003
    I find this article very interesting and i quite do agree with the lad... good show boy!
  • endermage77 on April 29, 2003
    Ahmed and gaybob wake up to the bigger picture why dont you. This concerns us all. Your antipathy is sickening
  • Larrissia (View Email) on April 29, 2003
    Personally, I don't believe that a minor SHOULD be tried as an adult. You just have to face the facts. A minor is a minor and an adult is an adult. There is no such thing as an "adult" crime and a "minor" crime. Crime is crime and culpability is culpability. To say that it is right to try a 10 year old as an adult is to say that a 10 year old has that mental cpability as an adult shich is obviously incorrect. To say that if a juvenile who is tried as a juvenile will only committ harsher crimes is a logical fallacy. Bob Beaman was given a second chance to redeem hisself and was tried as a juvenile. Look at him now. He's a Olympic champion. So a KID messes up. Is that reason to throw him in a jail cell with a 40 year old who has murdered someone and stand the possibility to be raped and maybe even committ suicide? America needs to work on prevention rather than punishment. Rehabilitation and mentorship is the prevention. Give a child something positive to replace the negative.
  • Diane (View Email) on April 29, 2003
    To Rico:

    Are you a child psychiatrist? If not, what gives you the right to determine a minor's mental capabilities and judgement decisions? If minors had adult culpabilities then there would be no legal drinking age or age to buy alcohol now would there? Society is all messed up. We deem young americans "mature enough" when it satisfies us, but also deny them certain rights because of there maturity. If we can say that a 12 year old is mature enough to be tried as an adult because he or she committed murder then that 12 year old should be able to have a shot of vodka or a cigarette to relieve the stress that would cause them to committ such a violent crime. Be for real.
  • Jennifer Hillman (View Email) on April 30, 2003
    I think that minors who commit crimes should be heald responsibly but not a whole life sentences because how will they rebilitate? Some are way to young to know the difference between right and wrong! The limit I would set is 1 to 2 years. And that even depends on the crime they do. Also parents should get a fine because there kids are minors and parents need to handle there kids better. If the kid has strick parents they are never in trouble with the law because the parents are hard on their kids and thats the way life should be because its not very nice to live in a bad and violent neighborhood because innocent people get hurt and its not right. So to any parents who read this take it to mind and get a hold on your kids to help keep our lifes out of danger Thank You
    Jennifer Rose Hillman.
  • Some Person (View Email) on April 30, 2003
    You do the crime you do the time. Teens Know what they're getting their selves into. I LOVE BLINK-182!!!
  • Dat Boi (View Email) on May 1, 2003
    For me, I think Juvies should be tried as adults when it comes to a certain crime and when you get to the bottom of why they committed the crime.There are some juveniles that go through some crazy [expletive] when they're little kids and those types of things cause people not just young, but people to act out in ways they can't even control. So when it comes to things like that I think they should still serve time in an adult prison but not get the same time a sane adult would get. And I'm am not in any way for the death penalty for young or old because just because one kills doesn't give the right for their life to be taken away. It is already taken in prison and what does it prove. They are just gonna be two dead people either in heaven or hell and just because you get murdered doesn't mean you automatically get into heaven(for those of you who believe in God and Heaven). So for those juvies who are just plainly sane and just kill because they are angry and want to be hard, yeah! you deserve to be punished and also get more help than just sitting in a jail cell.
  • JOHANNA (View Email) on May 2, 2003
    JUVENILES

  • Meg (View Email) on May 4, 2003
    I'm doing a report right now on this issue and I agree that juveniles should get adult punishment's because they did something that an adult just as well could do and they need to learn a lesson about their actions.
  • da gurl (View Email) on May 4, 2003
    I think they should be tried as adults becuase if they can commit a servere crime punish them. If they have the mental maturity to kill someone they deserve to be tried as adults.
  • MORONIC_MORON_NAMED_AARON on May 5, 2003
    WELL..... I THINK THAT JUVINILES ARE STUPID AND SHOULD BE TRIED AS ADULTS. YUP YUP YUP...
  • jasmine (View Email) on May 6, 2003
    I think that juvenile should get tried as adults cause they could do the same things that adults could do but no get the same punishment to me thats not rigth they should have the same punishments.
  • cherish on May 7, 2003
    children are children as in 11 and under and no they should not be tried as adults but any one over that are not children any longer they are teens and i believe that yes they no what they are doing
  • Brendan (View Email) on May 7, 2003
    NO! If a minor doesnt have the rights of an adult such as voting, then they shouldn't be tried as adults.
  • megan (View Email) on May 7, 2003
    yeh itotaly agree with you minors should be tried and convicted as adults
  • Concerned Citizen on May 9, 2003
    This article incorrectly attempts to categorize all violent crime by juveniles. There is a big difference between assault and murder. Furthermore, the facts and circumstances of each case, whether assault, murder or another offense, can vary markedly. That is why we have judges. If we have any faith in our judicial system, we must allow those whom we have entrusted to protect our society to do their job and determine, on the facts of each case, what is the proper determination. Second, this article, and many of those who have posted to this site, fail to distinguish between being tried as an adult and being punished as one. The issue here is not necessarily one of culpability, but is one of retribution and punishment versus rehabilitation. The simple matter is that often times an adult may be beyond help in terms of rehabilitation, while a younger person still has the ability to be taught how to act and become a productive member of society. Even when a juvenile offender is sentenced to the juvenile system, they are punished by being place in locked facilities, but while there they receive the treatment they need. If they are placed in an adult facility they will be locked away with other offenders, subject to potential abuse, and will not receive any treatment. After leaving such a facility, they are predisposed to commit additional, and, perhaps, more heinous crimes. The answer to the question is to let the judge in each case weigh the factors and decide the proper disposition - not to make generalization about people based on age, thereby subjecting society to additional acts of violence and causing taxpayers to pick-up the prison bill for repeat offenders.

    The article also incorrectly states that all juvenile offenders are off the hook at age 21. Not true, juvenile offenders, in many states, may remain in custodial control or probation until age 23 or 25. Next time, do your homework. For everyone else, if you are interested on the effect of automatic adult sentences for juveniles, take a look at the study conducted by the state of Florida - it may change your mind.
  • clunk on May 10, 2003
    yeah i agree
  • Dan Mills (View Email) on May 11, 2003
    IF a person is mature and responsible enough to get their driverse license then obviously they are in control and have understanding of their actions.
  • Diane Gilbert (View Email) on May 12, 2003
    I strongly believe that a minor should be tried as an adult. For example, take the Columbine situation those two knew exactly what they were doing. There is no excuse for them to get a leniet punishment. If they were grown up enough to pull the trigger they were grown up enough to take the punishment. Nobody should be able to get away with murder.
  • kaylah (View Email) on May 14, 2003
    any body any age should be tried as an adult for whatever crime they commit. it shouln't be any different sentencing between a minor and a adult. minors know right from wrong and if they do something wrong they should have to pay for there crime.
  • Ash (View Email) on May 14, 2003
    Juveniles shouldn't because then they don't learn life skills!
  • stephanie (View Email) on May 15, 2003
    i disagree!!
  • Chazzy Boi (View Email) on May 16, 2003
    Just because one becomes eighteen doesn't necessarily mean that they are an adult. Their are many 15-17 year olds that might be even more mature than a select number of 18-21 year olds, so when we say tried as an adult, are the adults that are prosecuted even considered adults mentally.When children grow up, they are supposed to be taught right from wrong. So this is something that is embedded in their minds throughout childhood "what is wrong and what is considered right". Yes! those that commit murder are not normal people and may be mentally incompetent but just because of this doesn't mean they should be treated lightly. No! they shouldn't be put in the same prisons as adults but do need to be punished.What if a 17 year old commits murder? The maximum time they are gonna serve is 4 years if tried as a juvenile and may be put on some sort of parole and probation until the age of 25. This mere fact isnt just, and shouldn't be. What really happens within 4 years and how much can that person be taught and be helped. Not much, if they are a person who took the life of another for any reason. Get Them Help but give them some time at the same time.
  • jane on May 16, 2003
    i disagree becuz it's not right at all.






  • Adam (View Email) on May 16, 2003
    I personally think that all the comotion running deep as the ocean, tempers flairn' from parents whos sons or daughters commit crimes that
  • Katie (View Email) on May 19, 2003
    I AGREE!!!!!!!!
  • bob (View Email) on May 19, 2003
    i agree rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiipppppppppppppppppppppppp opps i made a fluffy (1minute straight) hell ya
  • kay on May 19, 2003
    i need ta do a report on this (con) issue any help on websites please??
  • nicole (View Email) on May 20, 2003
    i think juveniles SHOULD NOT be tried as adults, because its just bad.
  • bob the builder (View Email) on May 20, 2003
    i think all this is bad
  • someone (View Email) on May 20, 2003
    i do very much so think that juveniles should be tries as adults. If they are old enough to do the crime, they should be old enough to do the time!
  • Kevin (View Email) on May 21, 2003
    i think that there scarred and they will never trust anyone ever agian.
  • krystimartin (View Email) on May 21, 2003
    hi this is a sad stroy about little children it is not good that juviniles are tried as adults that is wrong becuase they are young not old.
  • Scotty Potty & jane are dumb on May 24, 2003
    when ure 15, 14, 17 or any age around that, u know what your doing when u kill someone. im 16 and i know what would happen if i were to stab someone to death and ive leaned enough life skills to know when u kill someone, they dont come back and that it would be wrong and imoral to do it. so i think that juviniles should be tried as adults and that it is right in every way.
  • MAtt (View Email) on May 27, 2003
    No they should not because it is worng they nedd the chace to get their lif straight...
  • Paula on May 27, 2003
    Yes I agree. Students should be tried as adults because it is very dangerous. In my school we are doing debates. This is one of them. Pro and Con.
  • SoUrAnGeL on May 28, 2003
    i difinetly agree
  • chris (View Email) on May 28, 2003
    Im a young man and i am a bit offended as to the one sided opinion you seem to be portraying. In response to the statistic that crime rates were at an 11 year low, and that harsher punishment means that others are less likely to commit the crime i add this.
    Juvenile is at an all time high, the rate of juveniles committing murder has risen more than 167.9% since 1984. The job of the juvenile system is not to make hardened crimals such as the adult prison system, instead it is meant to rehibilitate juveniles for the return to society. Also, juveniles are only allowed to stay in Juvenile Correction centers until the age of 21, then they may be moved to adult prisons, so no not all are realeased as you make it sound, many do serve life sentances in adult prisons, and many have received the death penalty.

    Chris Giese (age 16)
  • Brian Heller (View Email) on May 30, 2003
    I think That minors should not be tried as adults because how is a child supposed to know better, each kid watches these shows that have people getting murdered, people shooting people, people stealing. It does no good for anyone. It just makes everything worse. Just like 1995 when minors where aloud to go to jail with adults, Judges where taking advantage of it, do you really want that to happen to these kids. I mean 2 wrongs dont make a right. And also would you want that to happen to Your kid?
  • ethan (View Email) on May 30, 2003
    i dont think that kids should be tried as adults ever because most of them are too young for that crap. Its bad that they did that but i still dont think that they should be procicuted.
  • Kg ERNIE (View Email) on May 30, 2003
    wat's crackin yo'll, I'm doing this debate about juvenile shoud be treated as adults so i'm (pro)so check this out, i think that juvenile should be treated as adults why? don't ask me why, we all know that we are old enough to think about killing some one and we all know that that's not just hit them that's hurting some one family and if they are old enough to think in commiting crimes or some things like that i think they are old enough to pay the price in jail

    i mean what would you do if a juvenile kills one of your family member what would you do?
    think about it
  • jenny (View Email) on June 1, 2003
    i don't think that minors should be tried as adults because teenagers aren't mature enough. teenagers make stupid mistakes and decision. you can't just throw a life away because of one stupid mistake they made! and if the law is not going to give the minors right to drink and to buy cigarette, i don't think the law should punish minors like adults.
  • Natasia Charles (View Email) on June 2, 2003
    This is a debate that at once time I felt that I was stuck in the crossfire of and I couldn't really chose which side to agree with. Now that I've matured and I've seen recent and past cases of teenagers and the crimes they commit, I feel that, yes they should be tried as adults. Some juveniles know exactly what they are doing when they do it (i.e. If you're stealing a bag of chips, you know you're stealing and you know it's wrong. No one can walk in a store, stand for five minutes, and then a bag of chips can just magically jump into your hands); I mean, it's common sense not to shoot a person or go stabbing people in their backs for no apparent reason. If the crimes they commit are in any way a crime that an adult would commit(rape, murder,etc.) then yes they should be tried as adults. The law needs to be fair to everyone. Everyone has the knowledge and common sense to know right from wrong. You know the consquences you may be receiving if you steal from a store, cheat on a test, or have unprotected sex. Committing a crime is no different.The law needs to be fair for everyone and deal out the same punishment for a juvenile as an adult. If it were my brother (hypotheically speaking) or sister committing an adult crime, I love them but I would want them to receive punishment because they deserve it. You know what you're doing when you do it.That's my say.
  • adhfksjdhkh (View Email) on June 3, 2003
    I 100% agree with you .Any juvenile who commits a crime should have to pay and suffer the same way and adult who does the same crime has to.they think o well we are younger we can go out and do things and get away with it or get off easy ..well if your old enough to commit the same crimes adults can then your old enough to have the same punishment and you no right from wrong.I also dont believe in the excuse "I had alot of things on my mind and alot of anger or my parents treat me bad" That still dosent give ou the right to take and inicoent persons life away who has nothing to do with your problems .So all the people who dont believe the way I do about this should re-consider because their life deserves to be bad for takeing the life of another person.
  • Shante (View Email) on June 5, 2003
    i agree with you 100% because in english my group is doing a pro and con debate about if juveniles should be tried as sdults. and i feel like hey if you do an adult crime you should do adult time. because before you do the crime you know what is going to happen to you afterwards. plus they need to take some responibilty for their mistakes. I am 15 years old and the other day my friend was telling me that she is against it because her friend killed someone and is now in prison and that he was charged as an adult and i was like good b/c if someone was to come to her house and kill one of her family members then she would want them to go to prison. so everyone who thinks that this isnt right think about if a juvenile killed someone in your family what would you want to happen to them.
  • robbie trottier (View Email) on June 5, 2003
    Thank you soooooo.... much. this web site kicks a--!!! it got me an A for the quarter with all the info AND pros and cons on this subject. ROCK ON!!!
  • Donna (View Email) on June 13, 2003
    Juveniles should not be given the same punishment as an adult. They are still formulating their world and need assistance and guidance from adults. To throw them into jail is to give up on them and all of society. They need help. There should be an intermediate organization who works with them to make better choices that will affect them and the world.
  • jfaubush (View Email) on June 17, 2003
    To equate the severity of the crime with adulthood lacks common sense. Each crime should be evaluated on it's on merit to determine whether that individual is a sociopath beyond any rehabiitation or socializaton. Too often in investigating the youthful offender we find an abusive past or the elements which contributed to a personality disorder. The use of violence does not signify maturity and therefore justify trying a child as an adult. The use of violence depending on the act means a very immature person. Harsh penalties are the a deterent. This can be historiacally demonstrated. Let us not throw away all youthful offenders who commit heinous crimes. Let us first painstakingly investigate and determine whether this young person can be saved. In many cases they are not adults with the ability to weigh the outcome of their impulses. I do not believe that the vast majority of youthful offenders deserve to be tried as adults.
  • samantha harper (View Email) on June 19, 2003
    I believe that any juvenile who commits a crime such as attempted murder should be tried as adults as they deserve it for commiting the offense

    who cares if theyre under 18 they did it so they shuld do the time
  • Naba (View Email) on June 22, 2003
    I completely agree with this article, i am searching for ideas for a persuasive research paper and i have decided to do why juveniles should be tried as adults. Thank you for your input, it helped me organize my thoughts and it is very informative, just the thing i needed to help me decide what i should do for my topic!
  • Derek Shepherd (View Email) on June 25, 2003
    Yes, you make a valid point about a seventeen yearold serving only 4 years for a heinous crime of murder, regardless to race. But where do we stop, 17 today 11 tomorrow, oops that's already happened (when two Chicago boys, ages 7 and 8, were charged with the murder of an 11-year-old girl, and two Arkansas boys were sentenced for the shooting deaths of four classmates and a teacher). Why do we have a juvenile justice system? Maybe we should look into revamping that system instead of killing our children. Oh, and I did mean to say killing them, for remanding them to the adult system is a death sentence not only to their youth but eventually us all as a civilized society. If we are to believe that the children are our future then we are in fact killing our future.
    There are a number of areas in which the juvenile system could be revamped to serve and settle this problem. how about lengthier sentences for juveniles? even into their adult lives. How about a review of sentence at the time they become an adult? No one exects the criminal justice system to release hardened criminals unto the streets of our nation, oh but they already do that (do to the state of Florida getting rid of there parole system they are having to release criminals early to make room for new offenders). So if anybody in the criminal justice rates and deserves a break, don't you think it should be our youth.
    My point is simple, I not a softy on crime, but lets be fair about it. Juveniles belong in the juvenile system.
  • kd (View Email) on June 26, 2003
    I agree with the topics
  • Marco Zeballos (View Email) on June 30, 2003
    i totally agree that juveniles should be tried as adults because they make the same stupid mistakes as adults do
  • lucero (View Email) on July 11, 2003
    I agree that teenagers should be ttried as adults because they have the mentality of what they are doimg. They supposed to know the defenition of what is right and what itss wrong. they also keep doing the same stupid mistakes al over again. They shoild be punish for their action. and they supposed to be mentally capable of what they are doing
  • Aleida (View Email) on July 22, 2003
    I agree with your opinion, I would just like to know where you got your information. The websites, or books. Any information would be very helpful. Thank you.
  • joel (View Email) on August 6, 2003
    I do agree whit you .But i alsow belive that if we can be trield as adults we shoode alsow ba abel to vote. We are matur enogh to make desitions. Of our future same of us are more responsible than same adults
  • Scott on August 11, 2003
    I think juvenile's should be tried as adults under these circumstances:

    1. The offense the juvenile is being charged with is a serious offense such as murder, rape, robbery, or arson, or the juvenile has before been convicted of a felony;
    2. The juvenile is at least 13 years old;
    3. The court shows the juvenile has the mental capacity to fully understand the nature and consequence of the offense committed.

    I think if this guideline was followed it would serve the best ends of justice for society and the juvenile, but I also think that NO person under the age of 16 years, should ever be given any punishment greater then 10 years to life imprisoned.
  • Julie (View Email) on August 29, 2003
    Why should a 'child' be tried as an adult? If they can't even buy beer how are they supposed to be considered adults?
  • Elise on September 8, 2003
    I can see in very specific cases trying juveniles as adults. Things like IQ testing, severe physco annalysis, evaluations by multiple professionals, school records of childs behavior. There are too many cases that it is inappropriate to try a juvenile as an adult, people don't put into consideration the changes you go thorough in your 20s. You become a totally different person, and are much better able to make sound decisions. Anyone over the age of 20 or preferably 25 would know that you do a lot of your maturing and growing up during your 20s. Therefore how, really how can a juvenile be tried as an adult?
  • Marcy Luetke-Stahlman (View Email) on September 8, 2003
    I respect you opinon and i would like to hear more from you if it is possible. Because i am starting to study the law of treatments for trials etc. Thanks!
  • KK (View Email) on September 10, 2003
    thanks for putting this here, i have to do a debate on this and i am on the negative which means i want juveniles to be tried as adults
  • GPA on September 11, 2003
    I think that juveniles that comitte such crimes should be tried as adults, so they dodnt go back on the streets and terrorize the pulic once more
  • Shurry on September 22, 2003
    I disagree. Minors being tried as adults is ridiculous. It's the same as saying that you are giving up on them..we can not give up on our children.
  • Kelly (View Email) on September 23, 2003
    Looking at these comments makes me very sad. Are we really a society that lusts after the blood of our youth? Youths who are sent to adult prisons are 5 times more likely to be sexually assaulted, 8 times as likely to be beaten, and twice as likely to be assaulted by a prison gaurd than if they were in a juvenile center. Now wether you like it or not these children WILL eventually be released from prison. When they get out their only real form of education will be what they learned from jail. So now after they have been beaten and offered every drug in the book for 25 years or so, they are going to move next door to you. Please don't complain if they attempt to kill you. After all it is you who insisted their only form of education be prison life. THOSE are the consequences folks. How about we learn to forgive people, even for the most horrific crimes. Then perhaps we can treat the mental illnesses that most likely caused the crime, instead of punishing.
    ~Kelly~
  • Anon. (View Email) on September 23, 2003
    I think it depends on the crime, but do the crime and do the time is a good slogan. If kids commit adult crimes, then they should be punished. Think about them murdering someone, that is more of an adult crime. I still think it depends.

    Anon.
  • Lynsie on September 23, 2003
    I think all minors committing a FELONY crime should be tried as adults. no matter the age. if the "person" is old enough to committ the crime then their old enough to take responsability, AGE SHOULD NOT MATTER. if their old enough to do the crime then their old enough to do the time.
  • bgstudent on September 23, 2003
    I respect your opinion but disagree. The idea of juvenile hall is for the minors to be rehabilitated. If we put them in jail it is dooming them for life, giving no hope that one day they could live a normal life.
  • megan (View Email) on September 25, 2003
    i dont think minors should be charged with adult crimes. i disagree with the death penality as a punishiment.
  • Stephanie (View Email) on September 26, 2003
    I respect your decision, but fully disagree with you. Children are a product of their upbringing. They ‘mimic’ what they observe from their parents as well as society. Most of the children that are tried as adults come from broken homes or simply a neglected lives. Putting these deprived youngsters in with harden criminals will only enlighten them through an incarcerated viewpoint. Jails and prisons are a community in itself; they have markets for everything, from food to mind altering substance. This is what we are now exposing the children to when we lock them up. Plus, kids in prison are more commonly abused physically and sexually. Those things would rarely happen in a juvenile facility or better yet, a program to help the trouble child. Intervention programs, prevention programs and group homes that offer structure and a secure base are much better options and more effective. Another benefit for helping programs is the cost of running them are much less then locking our ‘future’ up. It seems as though society would rather pay for these accused kids to be in cell, out of sight, thus out of mind, then opposed to offering some help. We all know it’s never to late to learn, that’s what life is all about, learning. Don’t give these kids a hopeless attitude.
  • Crystal (View Email) on September 30, 2003
    If you do the crime you should be punished for it. As a teenager I know the difference between right and wrong. If you take someone's life you should be tried as an adult and if your sentance is the death penality so be it.
  • ab on October 1, 2003
    I do not agree with it I do not.
  • catherine (View Email) on October 7, 2003
    I completelly and toataally agree with you. these juveniles go out here and committ these crimes, get a slap on the wrist, and sent back out in society. the way I see it is, if you can act like an adult, you can be treated like one
  • flying monkeys on October 8, 2003
    I like this idea!
  • denise briggs (View Email) on October 10, 2003
    I agree. Juveniles today are not like we were when we came up, our parents put the fear in us and we obeyed them. Today juveniles are controlling the parents. They should pay the price if they commit a crime.
  • Gloria Guzman (View Email) on October 14, 2003
    I agree that children now days are growing up too fast and some I also agree that children should suffer the consequences of their actions. I mean do we really want to kill a "child" for a crime they commit. In my opinion alot of the things that these children do has alot to do with the way they were brought and there are other options as to the punishment that these children should recieve.
  • Danielle Gilford (View Email) on October 14, 2003
    I am Researching this topic for my english class at school. I live in Wabash Indiana and My cousin Dates Talia Riddles sister. Tailia is 13 years old and she had one of her Friends (Craig Cain..18) Stab her grandmother to death because she read her Diary. I knew Talia very well. I thought she was a quite, normal kind of girl. But she is getting tried in Adult court. I agree with this because she could make such an adult decision she should be treated like a adult.
  • Barb George (View Email) on October 16, 2003
    People need to stop killin kids yo....
    stop the hatred and start the love....
    dude kids don't need killed..
    they need some tlc.....
    or some psycho help with doctors......
    kids r the future of tomorrow..
    luv ya
    barb
  • juan on October 20, 2003
    no becuse it isnt going to be fair
  • Kanisha (View Email) on October 23, 2003
    well my name is kanisha.my language arts teacher wants us to do a project on juveniles. she wants to know should they be tried as adults or not. i think they should be tried as adults.they understand what is right from wrong.me, myself i am 13 years old and if i decide to do something stupid then i have to pay the price.some kids think they are grown anyway. so if they think they are grown, let them get treated like an adult.
  • Nicole on October 24, 2003
    I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion and my is that kids make adult decisions when they kill someone and they need to pay the adult consequences for those decisions.
  • !*~bAiLzIe~*! on November 4, 2003
    i am doing a report o this and i dont think young teens should be tried as adult in the court because many of the kids that do it end up the way they are bc of how they are brought up by their parents. aldults have lived thier life longer and should know better. i dont think kids should be pu tin prison for a long time bc i think that the kids wil get scared easier and wont do it again. if an adult does it..that is usually how they area and they are jsut going to keep doing it, no matter how many times they are caught. but dont get me wrong..teeens should be punished but not as bad as adults.
  • maggie luna (View Email) on November 6, 2003
    iam also doing a project on polical issues and i chose this as my topic, and i think that juveniles should be tried as adults because if therir old enough to go out and murder someone then their old enough to face the consenquenses that come with doing that crime:even if it does maen going to prison for 25 yearsor more.
  • Jennifer Wallace (View Email) on November 10, 2003
    Many people are missing the point of juvenile offenders. The law states that if the act and state of mind of the offender go together, then they are guilty of a crime. Many use the excuse that children with disturbing backgrounds should not be tried as an adult after committing such crimes as murder, manslaughter or rape, with that, what is your excuse for those who are adults and commit these crimes with similar backgrounds? I agree that society, such as television and video games, plays a major role in the way children view life. By simply giving a juvenile a slap on the wrist for taking the life away from an innocent person and destroying their family is just unfair. Although prison brings about bad situations, such as drugs, rape and assault, juveniles need punishment; group homes do not work, it is just another place that places supervisors in harms way. When a juvenile is arrested, he/she is advised of their rights, and at all times during interrogation, are assessed mentally, this helps aid in the decision of whether they knew the consequences. With the image out there that kids get off for killing or raping, kids will take advantage of the system and kill someone for looking at them wrong. One may never judge the system, until they are put into the situation as the victim, not a bystander.
  • Sergio (View Email) on November 12, 2003
    i disagree with trying minors as adults. why? because they aren't. the united states government has decided that people under 18 are not adults so it would be an injustice to try them as such. unless the government is ready to grant minors the full rights of an adult, it would be unjust for minors to be tried as adults.
  • Sylvia on November 12, 2003
    Im doimg a speech on minors being tried as adults for the crimes they commit. If these teens feel they need to commit crimes such as murders they should do the time. Teens and adults that commit harsh crimes have the same mind frame and should be tried the same. No teen that has committed murder should be let off they should be charged as an adult for doing an adult crime.
  • britt (View Email) on November 13, 2003
    i think they should be tried as adults, because if they think they are old enough to do an adult crime then they should be tried as an adult.
  • Andrew (View Email) on November 17, 2003
    Hey, check this out. If a 9-year-old child deliberately kills another individual, I would have no problem with sending him to jail simply because of his intent. Now, on the other hand, if two children are playing and one pushes the other and the one hits the wall or the ground hard enough to injur himself, then, no, he should not be liable. You have to look at the intent. I also believe in mens rea (criminal intent or the guilty state of mind). Mens rea means that the person doing the crime knows that what he is doing is wrong. The child may or may not realize that what he is doing is in fact illegal. Children sometimes have to be punished to make them see what is right and what is wrong.
  • babygirl on November 17, 2003
    think what you want to think that does not mean we should think that why
  • Takiyah Lane (View Email) on November 21, 2003
    No, i don't think juveniles should be tried as adults. Kids will be kids and everyone makes mistakes in life. I'm not saying that killing someone is a mistake but why punish them for the rest of there lives.In society today, kids tend to be growing up fast. Kids see other people doing bad things and they think nothing is worng with it so they try to do the same thing but get caught. Yes they should be punished but not for life.Sometimes it take a person to make a mistake whether it is big or small fatal or not to learn that they should not have done it.Maybe the alternative should be putting the juvenile in a home for bad boys or putting the juvenile in prison for a year would be okay but not for life. Putting kids away don't give them the chance to expand their knowdlege,get the chance to know right from wrong.kids consist of being under the age of 18. once you turn 18 them it's okay because you have lived to see things and know right from wrong. in the united states, they execute kids as young as 8 and that is ridiculous.
  • Ashley (View Email) on November 26, 2003
    This website really helped me to gather all of my thoughts on this compicated subject. I live in Montana, and I am in the 8th Grade. This year in debate our resolution is: Serious crimes by juveniles justify treatment as adults in the U.S. Judicial System. I need all of the help I can get. Please email me and tell me your ideas as well as some neat websites like this one. I hope to hear from you.
  • Angie (View Email) on November 30, 2003
    Juveniles who act like adults and do adult things should be tried as adults as well. People say but their just children or teenagers. What about it? How about if they kill on inocent? Should they be still charged as a juvenile? In my opinion no. They knew what they were doing from the start and they knew the concequnes of it. They knew they were going to go to jail so therefor they should be tried as an adult.
  • Jake (View Email) on December 1, 2003
    Hey, I am currently an Eighth grader at East Middle School and I am participating in the same debate class as Ashley from below. This site helped me a TON! Please e-mail ur thoughts and reactions to this. Can't wait!
  • kel (View Email) on December 4, 2003
    hell yes they should be tried as adults
  • Ashton Kutcher on December 4, 2003
    Don't watch "how High"
  • tatianna (View Email) on December 4, 2003
    they should not be charged as an adultbecause if they can go to jail for an adult charge then they should be able to drive, smoke, and drink.
  • Cayla (baby girl) (View Email) on December 7, 2003
    I disagree with the death penality as a punishiment.
  • Cayla (baby girl) (View Email) on December 7, 2003
    a kid who commited a serious crime shouldn't
    get the death penality as a punishiment.there
    just kids.and people may do bad things but it
    doesn't mean they have to be killed.but if
    they killed someone then i guess they should get the death penality as a punishiment.but if parents don't wont there kids to get the
    death penality then they should teach there
    kids right from wrong,and killing someone or
    doing any serious crime is very wrong.
  • Brian Montiero (View Email) on December 9, 2003
    Yes I think that they should be tried as adults because if there big enough to kill someone they should be punish as adults.who ever is against it should think his/her decission over.that's what I think about that topic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Caitlin (View Email) on December 9, 2003
    I am in the same boat as ashley, under me, infact, we are in the same class. I have the same resolution, and am having problems finding affirmative information. If you can help, I really need it ! Thanks!
  • Suzanna (View Email) on December 10, 2003
    Personally, my biggest issue is that i think more money should be spent on rehabilitation (counselors, etc) instead of just sticking people in prisons. I think that jails only create more animosity and feelings for vengeance than they do to make people feel remorse for their crimes. I know someone who is being tried as an adult and is only 17. Yes, his crime was heinous, however, i think he would gain more from a LOT of psychological help rather than being in the company of even more dangerous and scary men. Also, placing people with similar crimes together seems to be a bad idea.. afterall.. how will they ever realize what they did was wrong if everyone they are living with has done the same thing and does not think it is wrong?!?!
  • Angela (View Email) on December 10, 2003
    I personally do not think juveniles should be tried as an adult. That is exactly what they are doing acting like juveniles. They might be trying to look up to someone and don't reliaze what they are doing is wrong. You don't know what they are going through. If its not rape, murder, or assult then no they really shouldn't be in an adult court. They haven't went through all the social studies classes to know how the law is. Once they enter the court room they are once again immature and are incapable of knowing what is going on. They should get a juvenile sentence and still have a life to live.
  • Zach (View Email) on December 12, 2003
    I'm a student at North Asheboro Middle school on a debate team and I agree juviniles should be tried as adults for certain crimes it always doesn't mean that they act that way cause thats how they were brought up
  • david matthews (View Email) on December 12, 2003
    i say if your old enough to do the crime then your old enough to do the time
  • Eric (View Email) on December 12, 2003
    I definately agree with this juveniles should be able to comprehend the value of their crime. it would be unjust to society to not charge them as adults.
  • amaris holmes (View Email) on December 17, 2003
    i feel that the age along with the crime matters. you have alot of small children that watch action packed movies and they try to portray what they saw on t.v. alot of them don't know what they are doing. then you have those that are old enough to be able to premeditate an actual murder. they are able to plan and be apart of a murder. so i say that the age and the crime counts. because if you have kids just playing around then it should be considered an accident not a murder. but if someone was serious and ment to do what they did then yes they should serve time. but i don't feel that they deserve the death penalty. no one really does.
  • tina hayes (View Email) on December 28, 2003
    my 16 year old son was murdered by another 16 year old. i beleive a life for a life .
    the 16 year old who killed my son -enjoyed
    doing it -the witness's tell me he smiled and laughed while he was shooting my only child with his9mm.i think if you are old enough to kill someone - you are old enough to die

  • Keifer (View Email) on January 28, 2004
    I don't see your point. If what your saying is true, then if a 4 year old committed murder, then you say he should be sent to jail? I think you need to get your prorities straight dude. But, this helps me on my Honors English I project. This is another opinion that I can take into consideration when I make my deceision, "Should teenagers be tried as adults. Thanks alot.
  • Jessica (View Email) on January 30, 2004
    i think that age doesnt matter in the case where someone commits a terrible crime. teenagers should know right from wrong and they are old enough to except responsibility for their actions. teens know better than to take someone else's life. they had time to think it through but still they chose to commit such a crime. overall, i think that minors who commit severe crimes like these should be tried as adults because if you let a minor get away with murder then once you know it that same kid or teenager will likely commit the same crime.
  • amy brumbaugh (View Email) on February 4, 2004
    I just have a few questions. I know every trial is different. Do young 4-5 year old children stay in juvenile until they are 21 as well? Do 17 year old go to state prisons and finish their time? Can they actually be re-tried as adults once they finish their one year in juvenile?
  • Youth Nation (View Email) on February 12, 2004
    I think that these animals should be tried as adults because if they knew what they were doing then they should know the consequences.
  • Youth (View Email) on February 12, 2004
    I think that these people that decide to kill do it because they feel the need for violence. I do not however belive that they should do so on the innocent people of the common world and i am sorry to say that others agree to disagree because they feel that they had reason or because they are not in their sences which i can understand. But for this reason i know that they should be an example all around the world that just because your not old enough to be tried means that you should commit an insanis act. I am only 15 but i understand that kids should know what theyre doing and if they dont then they can open the eyes of others by being taught a lesson not to mess with death. EVER!
  • Keisha Duncan (View Email) on February 16, 2004
    No, the laws governing adults are different from those for minors, that is they have their own laws and rights, therefore regardeless of the severety of the crime of a minor they should be tried as a minor (delinquent)under their laws.
  • Michelle (View Email) on February 18, 2004
    I think that juveniles should be trailed as adults if they believe they should have the same Constitutional rights as adults. Granted they are the children of our future, but do we really want violent offenders out on the streets to harm our children. No, they need help, and if they are old enough to commit the crime they are old enough to do the time. I do agree they should be punished as adults are; however they should be seperated from them in prison for their safety.
  • 14-f-mn (View Email) on February 18, 2004
    i agree.. i think that juveniles that commit heinous crimes such as murder should be tried as adults.. i mean.. if they are adult enough to carry a gun or a knife or if they are adult enoguh to actually DO the crime.. then why arent they adult enugh to to the time??..to say that they are incapable of committing those types of crimes would be wrong...to let them back out on the streets four years later would be wrong
  • treff (View Email) on February 19, 2004
    I DONT THINK THat kids should be charged as aduls because sometimes kids just do stuff without thinking. If adults commit the crime then they should be charged harsher because they are old enough to know wut they were doin.
  • savvy on February 23, 2004

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    Ø,e that there is both good and bad about trying juveniles as adults. some teens are old enough to know what they were doing. on the other hand, other teens or younger children may not have known what they were doing. i think it depends on what the crime was, the age of the juvenile, and the history of the juvenile, as to whether or not the child should be tried as an adult.
  • Supadoopa (View Email) on February 23, 2004
    i belive that minors should be tried as adults because one every person in this world should know right from wrong, we all know that was taught at a very young age. It should be followed and i agree with many of your comments. I think that violence needs a limit and has to be stopped, kids who kill or harm another person should get the punishment they deserve! It does have to depend on the crime but they should still have to attend jail(correctional ficilitys etc) Minors/Juveniles should be tried as adults! Thanks for your help...your opinions helped me with my debate!
  • Unknown (View Email) on February 23, 2004
    I go to BRMS. I am also in a debate whether minors should be tried as an adult. Media (video games, movies, tv, etc.) plays a big influence on this. Before the N64 and PS was created, the population of of minors being tried as adults was few. Then these violent games and tv shows come out, and it has a big impact. I think that a 15 year old knows whats right from wrong, so I think he can decide whether to pull the trigger or not. The juvenile age should be lowered, because 15 and up should know what they are doing when they decide to kill someone. Especially these days, you hear about kids being shot in High school (ex, in colorado, the shooting happened in the library a few years ago. They should serve time in jail, but they should not recieve the death penalty... thats too harsh.
  • young peoples point of view (View Email) on February 24, 2004
    form 14 and down shouldn't be tried as adults one some one older than that should know better but shouldn't be given the death sentence they are still young.doing that would be wrong and if they wereyounger than14 then they should be sent to a detenion center or juvenile hall and be schooled and more or less live there till their time is up.
  • missy on February 25, 2004
    I totally believe that if a juvenile commits an adult crime they should be tried as an adult. I'm a minor myself and I feel that you get what you give. For the people who feel that kids are influenced by video games and music,etc., just one thing should be said... stupid. I too watch violent movies and music and I have not even once thought about killing, raping or stealing. I also feel that it is not the parents fault. My mom raised four kids the same and we are all very different. Kids no matter what age (besides the children under 2 years of age) no matter what their situations are, they know right from wrong. Whether they learned it from home, t.v., school or on the streets, they know. Everyone is given common sense, it's just some people choose not to use it. There is no difference from a 13 year old killing than a 40 year old killing. A crime is a crime.
  • Someone stole it on February 26, 2004
    what about the younger kids tho? those 1-5 years old younginz? Should they be treated like adults? I think not because they know nothing yet. Well I think kids on that age who commited a crime is not their fault. I think it's their parents or people who is around them are their faults. I mean, like what if someone placed a gun on something where they can reach? Of course, they'd think it's just a plactic gun and play with it, and not knowing they could kill somebody with it. What would their punishments be?
  • Adrian (View Email) on February 27, 2004
    I think Juveis should not be tried as adults
  • Jed Nylund (View Email) on February 27, 2004
    yeah i have a comment, why should we be tried as an adult if we dont have the same rights as an adult.. if you can answer that then u can persuade me to think the same i also wonder if u put a kid in prison for 10 years say then he gets out say he was ten before now he is twenty he misses all his school he feels sexually assalted in prison and then you put him back in the world now that that there is a crime in it self email me back what you think...
  • Megan Rinearson (View Email) on March 5, 2004
    I think teens should be tried as adults. By the time someone is 12, they know the difference between right and wrong. I mean when you are a toddler and you do something wrong your parents tell you no. Hearing this word "no" when you do something wrong tells you whats right and whats not. So in conclusion, if you want to act like an adult, make decisins like an adult, be ready for adult consequences.
  • VW (View Email) on March 6, 2004
    I totally agree with your point of view. Can you please send me your sources, how you get your informations? Thank you.
  • Lacy York (View Email) on March 12, 2004
    Violent teens that commit violent crimes should have the same penalties as adults. If they have enough nerve to do a violent crime then they deserve to get what an adult would get. They gone act like one then they will be one....sitting in prison!
  • Valerie (View Email) on March 14, 2004
    If we are trying juveniles as adults then why do we even have a juvenile system? I personally don't believe juveniles should be tryied as adults. All u are doing by putting a kids in prison with adults is messing up thier life, so that when they finally do get out of prison, they will not have no idea how society works and will probably turn to crime, drugs or something else bad.
  • jacki (View Email) on March 15, 2004
    i am writing a 5 page arguementative paper on juvenile justice. i feel that teens shouldnt be tried as adults, becuz everyone makes some mistake in their life and they learn from them. teens are just too young to be put into jails and prisons. i used to get into trouble by the law, and when my parents got divorced, me and my dad moved to a different town which meant a new skool for my senior year, and i have changed alot. i get good grades and do not get into trouble. your probably wondering.. how did those things help me to change? well, its becuz i realized how many people actually love me and care about me and i hang out with better people now. no more druggies, kids who skip skool, or break the law. that is wat these kids need is different and better friends, and someone to listen to them and for them to talk to.
  • Bugalo (View Email) on March 17, 2004
    this topic is my year long research topic at school and i disagree with the death penalty and trying kids as adults. i think that children that commit murder or crimes just grew up wrong. being tried as an ault is a serios thing when a kid goes to adult prison they are raped beaten and molested. when they come out will they be a model citizen of society I THINK NOT!!! they will probably be far worse off then they were before. criminals probably told about their crimes and made the child interested in them so much that the child will just be a better criminal. children are impressionable and juvenile homes can help them. in jail they learn more crimes. but in a juvenile home they acually get an education. and counciling.
  • Kayla (View Email) on March 17, 2004
    i don't care what you do, you shouldn't put a juvenile in adult prisons. if twin brothers both kill someone and you put one in a juvenile facility and one in an adult facility, the one that was put in the adult prison will more than likely turn back to a life of crime b/c he can't get a job b/c of his record and he doesn't have a high school diploma even if he could get a job. the best thing he could do is get a job at burger king. the other one could finish school, get a good job or go to college, and have a second chance. that's all i'm sayin.
  • ryan (View Email) on March 17, 2004
    yup
  • KT (View Email) on March 17, 2004
    if you are going to treat us like adults in one aspect, then you should treat us like adults in all the rest. we should get our driver's licenses earlier and be able to smoke and drink younger if you are letting a 13-year-old go to jail with adults so he can be raped and beaten by inmates and guards. he will also be 7.7 times more likely to commit suicide.
  • Danielle (View Email) on March 18, 2004
    I do agree that juviniles should be held responsible for their actions, However, it should only be taken to a certain extent.They should not br tried as adults in court, because they're not adults.
  • Delores Stinn (View Email) on March 19, 2004
    What percentage of all crimes in the United States are commented by teenagers? How many crimes occur on school campuses each year? each day? Can you please answer these questions, I can't seem to find any data regarding them.
  • leslie (View Email) on March 24, 2004
    I personally think teens should not be tries as adults because they are still young and they really don't know where their lives are headed even if they are getting into trouble.A lot of teens are looking for attention, love and in some cases respect and their just looking in the wrong places. On the other hand I think their punishment should be greater depending on their crime. For example, if a teen puposly murder someone his punishment should be greater than juvinile justice until age 21. apposed to a teen who accidentally kills someone, who really did not mean it.
  • Collua Newton (View Email) on March 24, 2004
    I thinks teens should be punished because they feel they are old enough to put their selves out like that.
  • daniel (View Email) on March 25, 2004
    teens should be punished as adults because if they were smart enough to plan out a crime, they are smart enough to know the consequences. Kids these days know what they're doing, plus, juvinile halls would be less crowded, safer, and crimes by teens would go down because they would become afraid of the higher punishments. thank you.
  • jenise (View Email) on March 26, 2004
    i dont think juveniles should be tried as adults because in a jail or prison they can be more abused and harmed and there they couldnt get the proper education that they could in a juvenile facility
  • kim (View Email) on March 29, 2004
    I do not think children should be trialed as adults.
  • doog on March 30, 2004
    this bites
  • Marie Chandler on April 1, 2004
    i'm all for it to punish kids that commit crime that should be treated as adults
  • Marie Chandler on April 1, 2004
    i'm all for it to punish kids that commit crime that should be treated as adults
  • Liberty Hackett (View Email) on April 2, 2004
    Hi, my name is liberty. I am 17 years old. I am currently in a juvenile level eight program for girls. I don't think that juveniles should be tried as adults. Due to the fact that we all make mistakes. I think it depends on the seriousness of the crime. If they commit murder they should but stealing a car NO!
  • mj on April 3, 2004
    i am doing a debate and am trying to find info for the pro side. can you help me?
  • E Lee (View Email) on April 5, 2004
    I am doing a research project on why teens should be punished as asults. Thi is my second internet refrence. I hope this is good enough. I have 3 more book refrences to go.
  • sp on April 6, 2004
    no doubt in my mind that juveniles should be tried as adults..
  • Amanda (View Email) on April 11, 2004
    i am entering a essay contest adn the quetion is: should juviniles who are being charged for a heinous crim be tried as adults? please email me any of ur comments including ur soures of information thanks alot.
  • calvin (View Email) on April 13, 2004
    what up peeps. i am 19 yrs old and i just want to let u know that no matter what the incident, juveniles should be tried as adults. the only exception should be under the age of about 8-10, because everyone of us knows what the consequences are before doing them. for example there have been many of times where i would be in the mall with my parents at the age of 10 and would always think of stealing a videogame, but i knew what would happen to me if i decided to. same thing with the children who has committed murder, who is under 18, especially now a days, tv gives a prime example of what could happen to an individual who has committed the crime. now there are always exceptions for accidents, but for attempted murder, they definatley should be tried as an adult.
  • Alex P (View Email) on April 15, 2004
    I agree with your article. Take the case of Christopher Simmons v. Missouri. You will see that juveniles must be tried as adults for adult crimes.
  • dreesia Jones (View Email) on April 16, 2004
    I think the ones that are killin should be but if they did little stuff they should atlease get probation for a couple of months. Kids/teens have a lot to learn before their time. sometimes its the parents fault. send your bad [expletive] kids to boot camp for a year and ask em how they like it. but if they out there killing people they should be locked up. other than that juviniles should be in juvinile. they have lives to finish.
  • amber on April 16, 2004
    i am 15 yrs old and i do agree that teens should be tried as adults depending on what there crime was because they know the consequences of what they do and letting them sit in a juvenile facility to think about what they did (if they commited a heinous crime ) wont help there situation.
  • A-man (View Email) on April 25, 2004
    i agree...if these kids are old enough to commit these adult crimes they are definetly old enough to serve adult time
  • shayon (View Email) on April 26, 2004
    I think if they know how to pick up a gun and kill a person then they should be charged as adults. If they can kill they can do the crime.
  • jahrobi (View Email) on April 26, 2004
    No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Point blank. Dats stupid cuz sum kidz aint got nobody 2 tell dem right from wrong
  • Johnnie (View Email) on April 26, 2004
    I feel that it depends on the background o9f the child that commits the crime. IF the child is like what jahrobi said, then they should not be. Because killing somebody, stealing from somebody, or beating somebody maybe the only thing they see and know. On the other hand if the child comes from a good family and has know kistory of being raped or beaten, or just having tough times then he/she should be tried as adults.
  • monique (View Email) on April 27, 2004
    i feel that juveniles should not be trailed as adults!!!!
  • taye (View Email) on April 27, 2004
    I feel as though putting juveniles on trail as adults are wrong!!!
  • ME (View Email) on April 29, 2004
    Trying juveniles as adults is very much needed in America today. If these kids feel like they are resposible or mature enough to go out and kill someone then they are responsible and mature enough to face the penalty that comes with it. If we allow these kids to spend only 5 or six years in juvenile hall for brutally killing someone it in no way justifies what they did!
  • Nathan (View Email) on May 3, 2004
    I think that juveniles should be tried to the savarity of their crime(s). Not Every Kid is going to kill a person in cold blood, put it this way what if a 16 year old kid is being tried for having a paint ball gun or a toy cannon i their bag? Should the court try them as an adult? No. But for things like killing I see that a long sentance in Jail is the best thing to do. There is also another thing what will the court do if it is a first time offence? But from what I have read from other people a kid is a kid they are still learning what is wrong and what is right even at 17 they are still learning. But i my self think that is is WRONG to try a kid as an adult.
  • Gardenia on May 3, 2004
    I don't think that kids should be tried as adults. I do think that if they commited a crime they should be punished but sometimes kids don't have anyone to talk to or they don't have anyone to teach them right from wrong. I think that juvenile correction facilities are a waste of time because the only thing that ends up happening to the juvenile is make them worse. Instead of the facilities they should have more correctional camps so that the juveniles could get counceled and have someone to hear them out. Because kids deserve a second chance.
  • John (View Email) on May 3, 2004
    I believe that juveniles should be treated as adults i some cases. Yes in the sniper shooting, Yes in the stabings, but No in the stupid things kids today do. Some things are out of peer pressure others are out of their own fre will but dont charge a juvenile like an adult in the minor crimes.

    Sometime a good year or two in a federal prison is all some children need.

    But for others that plan to kill they need a while longer.
  • colby on May 5, 2004
    i feel that kids should be tried as adults for certain things. i first feel parents today need to get ahold of their kids. its horrible to think a kid is able to get out of his house with a knife or a gun, and to think they use this weapon due to the fact that they dont have enough respect of anothers life. maybe if some parents show a little more affection and pay a little more attention to thier kids this wouldnt be such a problem, and yet if it still is and a kid kills someone put them on deathrow they know what they are doing when the pull that trigger. what ever the crime is the should pay like a person of age
  • Someone... (View Email) on May 6, 2004
    hey y'all!
    i don't think they should, cuz juvenile hall
    gives better rehab and jail freakin' doesn't. yeah, some peeps do bad stuff, but peeps deserve a better chance. buh bye
  • SHANTRELLE (View Email) on May 7, 2004
    MY OWN OPIONIN ABOUT IT I DON'T TNIK JUVNEILES SHOULD BE TRIED AS ALDUTS BECAUSE THERE KIDS I'M NOT SAYING WHAT THEY IS WORNG BUT BUT THEM ON DEATH ROW IS'NT RIGHT NEITHER SO THEY SHOULD GET THERE OWN LITTLE PRISON FOR THEM THEY SHOULD LET THEM SEE THE MISTAKE THEY MADE AND LET THEM FIX REALLY I JUST DON'T LIKE HEARING ABOUT SOME KID MY AGE BEING OWN DEATH ROW.
  • Betty (View Email) on May 10, 2004
    I think since the kid did an adult crime he should suffer adult consequences. they had no right to kill another person, sometimes i think that kids think that they can get away with it because they know that nothing will really happen to them. but we should have stricter rules for teens who committed murder.
  • don't need to know (View Email) on May 12, 2004
    they should only if it's serious but not if it's for robbing somebody
  • anna (View Email) on May 13, 2004
    In my opinion, if a "child" is old enough to plan out and exicute a crime they are old enough to know that it is wrong and that there are consequences to their actions. I absolutely believe that "children" above the age of lets say 10, should be tried as adults. I do also believe however if we had parents out there actually BEING PARENTS there would be a lot less violence among these children. It starts at home people.
  • Ashley (View Email) on May 13, 2004
    I don't think minors should be tried as adults because some of them are put in adult jails for things that aren't neccesary.For example,one 15 yr old girl ran away from home and to teach her a lesson,her parents sent her to an adult jail where she later died from an inmate.Some minors are also sexually assaulted by inmates.Many minors are dying for nothing so I am against the whole minor thing and them being tried as adults.
  • kacy (View Email) on May 16, 2004
    first of all, teens are not allowed to be put in an adult jails. they got to the juvienile halls until they are of age. then they get sent to the adult jails. nobody can just send someone to an adult jail to show them a lesson, expecially if they didnt commet a real felony crime that would require real jail time. So to ashleys comment, which is totally bais, if a child has the capability to premeditate about a crime then they should be treated just like everyone else, unless certain circumstances occur.
  • Alvin Dai (View Email) on May 16, 2004
    Yes, i do agree about the above statement. When a teenager is old enough to plan or commit a crime, they are also old enough to take the responsinily for it. It is unfair to the victims if those criminals to be released after three or maxium four years under juvenil correctional fasilities. Some of the juvenile criminals know they will be nothing happened to them after they commit crimes, so they may commit the same crimes again after they are released.
  • ashley on May 16, 2004
    To Kacy,read what i read and you will see that she was put in an adult jail before goin to juvenile before you call somebody's story bais.ok
  • Marty Smith (View Email) on May 17, 2004
    these are all very good points that get right to the point.
  • Stephanie Davis (View Email) on May 24, 2004
    I don't think minors should be tried as an adult because they don't know any better. If there parents are exposing there child to those kinds of things then what to expect. If there parents are living a cruel life then what. But not all the time it's the child fault because it could be a choice of defense.
  • Someone (View Email) on May 27, 2004
    You are wrong Mr. Chan!!! Children do not think like adults, they do not have the mental capability or the common sense to understand the punishments for their actions. Yes they may , sometimes, understand the crimes they commit, but they do not understand the consequences. Their minds are not developed enough to understand such complexities. They do not know what the rest of their life is, or what a human life is worth. You cannot say that a child can be tried as an adult, because they are not adults. If they were, they would be called ADULTS, not children. This is why the parents/guardians of minors are held responsible for everything that has to deal with minor. If children were to be treated as adults in every aspect of life, they would not survive...they are dependent upon adults.
  • Megan (View Email) on June 1, 2004
    if your 21 and you where accused of 3 rapes and 3 kidnaps and this happend in 1995 how long can you go to jail? if you where 10 and the victim was 7?
  • Some_Student_Somwhere (View Email) on June 1, 2004
    I completely agree with Someone and Ashley. Children are children and not adults; if us children were meant to be tried as adults, we would be known as adults.Some may think if you take a life you should pay with your life, but this isn't true. I'm sure you would feel, unless you were a cold hearted murderer like Ward Weaver, guilty with the burden of knowing you had taken a life. I, personally, beliee in second chances. Everyone, no matter what they might have done, always, somehow, have a shot at a second chance. By this, I mean that these children whom are being face with juvenile/adult trials have there whole life ahead of them. By giving them the death sentence, you take away that second chace. You take away their choice to change. You could sink as low as them by executing them without the second cjance. Just like the victim, the choice of a second chance will be gone. I am still a child, only in middle school. Think about this; If you werea child, faced with an adult trial and the death sentence, you wuld probaly take the second chance. You would probaly, hopefully, see your chance to change, and you would try to take it.
  • Brandon on June 2, 2004
    I don't agree with kid's being tried as adults becaues they got there whole lives in front of them and they should't have to be in jail becaues of what they did when they was kid's. Your just taking somebody's child away from them that's somebody's loved one. Why should a proscuter put some little boy or little girl in jail they have enough balls to do that to a little kid becaues if it was my kid the proscuter would't be leaving the court room. The proscuter needs to think if it was his kids behind the stands would he tri them as adults no he wouldn't becaues those are his loved one's. 6/2/04
  • matt capalbo (View Email) on June 7, 2004
    hey whats up?
  • Mathew Capalbo (View Email) on June 7, 2004
    Yes, i do agree about the above statement. When a teenager is old enough to plan or commit a crime, they are also old enough to take the responsinily for it. It is unfair to the victims if those criminals to be released after three or maxium four years under juvenil correctional fasilities. Some of the juvenile criminals know they will be nothing happened to them after they commit crimes, so they may commit the same crimes again after they are released.
  • lite bright (View Email) on June 8, 2004
    Yes I think that juveniles should be tried as a adult. But that depends on the crime that the juveniles do. The age should be 15years old.
  • chas (View Email) on June 10, 2004
    I dont think that juvenile should be tried as an adult,why should a child be tried as an adult if they're not?.They are called juveniles becos they're children NOT adults,if they are to be tried as an adult for a crime then why not bring the age a child is considered as an adult to 15 or less than the eligible age of 18.Sending kids to adult institutions not only make them hardened criminal when released but they get emotionally,physically or psychologically damaged.All that i'm saying is that kids shouldn't be sent to adult prison.
  • Andy (View Email) on June 27, 2004
    When juveniles committ adult crimes they are to be treated as adults when punished for what they have done. If you don't treat them as adults they will be back into society with no rehabilitation, and another victim will fall prey to their crime.
  • Slash (View Email) on July 14, 2004
    i think teens should be tried as adults DEPENDING ON THE CRIME! If a teen is able to plan and plot out a murder then that teen knows what he is going to do, take someone's life. Now I'm 20 years old and I do think that these teens are getting off way to easy. You think Mavo (spelling?) is going to get juveny hall for all the people he killed? no! I say he would be put to death for what he has done he killed people in the same state I live in damnit!
  • im 15...... on July 28, 2004
    im 15 and i agree with it actually, I mean depending on the crime, yes
  • Edith (View Email) on August 10, 2004
    Im 17, and i totally agree that if you are a teen and you do a crime, then you should be tried as adults. Because if you think you are old enought to do a crime, well then i guess you are big enought for the consequences.
  • lonely (View Email) on August 31, 2004
    juveniles should not be treated as adults cuz they ain adults
  • me (View Email) on September 13, 2004
    i think that any teen who commits a violent crime should be tried as adults. if you can plan and carry out a crime then you shouldnt get off with a slap on the hand.............
    my 6 yr. old little sister knows the difference between right and wrong.......if she does then teens should!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • G1# (View Email) on September 14, 2004
    yes or shouldnt they be treated as adults depends on the kind of crime they do
  • G1 on September 14, 2004
    YOU MIGHT WANT TO SAY THEY SHOULD BUT THINK ABOUT THERE FUTURE TEENS MAY BE TEENS YOU MORANS
  • Jessica Sanchez (View Email) on September 15, 2004
    i think that teens should be tried wiht adult punishment just like that old saying "you do the crime you pay the time" how stupid do people have to be . if they are punished like adult it might show others that they wont be just let go for KILLING someone
  • BEM* (View Email) on September 20, 2004
    they are just teens and under alot of pure presure and not fully adults so they shouldnt be punished!!!
  • kandace j. (View Email) on September 20, 2004
    i think they should be tried as adults if the crime is bad enough. like if its murder or drugs they should be tried as adults but if its like just stealing or sumthin they should be considered juveniles.
  • udunnome butinoeu (View Email) on September 20, 2004
    i think that teens shud b tried @ adults b/c thye noe wutz right n rong. itz not like they didnt grow up noeing tha thur not sposed to commit crimes.
  • IvyAnna (View Email) on September 20, 2004
    When ya'll say that the teens should be punished I think ya'll are telling the truth, but if the teen is 13 and has had problems with the other person then it's the tempor that's caused it because i have tempor's like that, but it's not me. Except I'm able to controll my tempor instead of going around and killing the person I don't like, but if the teen is normal and bad then they should be punished like an adult. Teens&Children theses days are growing up to fast. Like me i'm 13, and i have a very bad tempor. When i'm at home and i get mad i stabbes the floor, but i'm able to control my tempor. So some teens should be punished and some shouldn't. It depends on the teen and the crime.
  • Christina Trevino (View Email) on September 21, 2004
    I think that if they are going to be as immature as an adult would they should be tried as an adult. they shouldn't get a second chance at a new life because the adults don't
  • Shelbi Miller (View Email) on September 21, 2004
    I think that teens who commit crimes should be tried as adults. If they are a teens they should know right from wrong. Alot of teens know they will be tried as a teen and will get away with a short sentence. But if the law was much harder on teens they would not commit more crimes and the world would be alot safer and less crimes.
  • ytjdgjh on September 21, 2004
    I think you should fry them
  • A on September 21, 2004
    Yes.
  • Gabrielle S. (View Email) on September 21, 2004
    i think that they should be tried as adults because if they can plan it out and actually go thrugh with it then they should be tried as an adults. I am 14 yr old and if i can understand whats right and wrong then so can the other teens and children. they know they will get in troble afterwards b/c they got in troble when they were little kids for littler stuff!!!! IF THEY ARE SMART ENOUGH THEN THEN SHOULD BE LOCKED UP FOR A LONG TIME!!! all i think is that they are old enough to do it so let them pay the price! like the old sayin goes : dont do the crime if u cant pay the time!!!
  • iop (View Email) on September 22, 2004
    hhhuh.
  • Daniel Z (View Email) on September 22, 2004
    i think they should for the crime they commited. end. point.
  • nanya bizwax (View Email) on September 23, 2004
    i think they should. blah blah blah yall suck.
  • Mark Self on September 23, 2004
    I think teens should be charged as adults! If they do an adult crime then they sould pay an adult punishment! Also I think teens should be chargrd as adults because kids are age know how to control their actions! Teens now days know to do the horrible things they do! And again THEY SHOULD!!!
  • Katelyn Reid (View Email) on September 27, 2004
    youth SHOULD NOT be tried as adults!!!!!
    teens should know right from wrong but being an adolesent is a really tough time for a lot of people. BLAME THE PARENTS. its the parents that should be charged for not taking care of their kids. teens now a days have to cope with a lot ( espcially in the states) and its not always easy to get along and make the right decisions. I was charged with assult with a weapon at age 13. i was put on probation for 15 months with 10 conditions including a curfew and drug and alchol prohibitation as well as 75 hours community work service. I am now 15 and off probation but i had learned my lesson long before my punishment was served. ALL YOU ADULTS WHO THINK THAT TEENS SHOULD BE TRIED AS ADULTS NEED TO LOOK AT YOUR PERFECT SELVES!!!!!!!!! i mean what i did wasn't as serious as killing someone ( which deserves a serious punishment) butteens MATURE into adults. Stop pushing them awway and give them the help they need to change instead of throwing them in jail wear they become worse and worse people that hate themselves.!!!!
  • Dustin Asbury on September 28, 2004
    I don't think that the young teens shuld be tried as an adult. Cause if someone is threatening there life then that kid is going to bring a gun to school and then kill that other person. But does that mean that the person how shot the other person is to blame. No, cause if the other person was not picking on that person then he would not be dead. Casue he started to pick on him so it was his own fault.
  • kid who speaks the truth (View Email) on September 28, 2004
    i think that we should be punished because if we were then most teen crime would end and a lot of us would be scared to go to prison and act better but if we kill sumbody then we should be tried and fried in my opinion becuase as soon as kids star to die then other kids will stop murder because we dont want to die young
  • angela on September 29, 2004
    13-year-olds should not be tried as adults because they might have been treated like that so when they are tried like that they have nothing to look out for in life what is the point of living
  • katie (View Email) on September 29, 2004
    i think we should be tried as adults. i mean 10 year olds abducting and killing a 2 year old...What is the world coming to!!!!!
  • andie on September 30, 2004
    yes.....if you are old enough to cummit the crime, than you are old enough to face the concuses!
  • Kandice Massie (View Email) on September 30, 2004
    HEY whats up home DOGS? Jus kiddin well i think TEENS SHOULD BE TRIED AS ADULTS if they commited an adult crime! because hey they did a adult crime DUH then why shouldnt they be punished as one! PEople are being big softy because they wont send a teen to jail they should because it was there decision its they FAULT! DO THE CRIME PAY THE TIME. thank you thats all i have to say.
  • yolanda (View Email) on October 1, 2004
    I also think that they should be tried as adults,well to my point of view they think that they are old enough to do a crime and they think that they belive or think that they are not going to get cought. So i think that teens should be tried as adult!
  • skyler1 (View Email) on October 3, 2004
    I'm currently doing a paper on juveniles being tried as adults. I believe juveniles that committ heinous crimes need to be punished as an adult. Not all juvenile offenses consitute an adult sentence, but the ones that take planning need to be punished appropriately. This topic is very controversial, and I wonder if the people that responded to this have ever been faced with a juvenile committing a heinous crime? For all of you teens that say you feel it's wrong to have somebody your age sitting in prision because they won't get an eduaction to better their life, did you think about the person or people the juvenile killed. They don't get to have a life at all. What if you were sitting in class one day and another classmate walked into the class and killed three people bofore your very eyes, and then held the rest of the class at gun point until he/she was detained. Would you be fighting for that person to be tried as a juvenile? Would you want that person released at the age of 21? Would you want that person to have an education so when they were released they could have a good and productive life? Think about it. I was in that position when I was 14. I'm now 23, and I still have no regrets about how I felt. I'm glad he is rotting in prison. To me that's too good for him.
  • Meghan (View Email) on October 4, 2004
    Ugly people should be tried as adults
  • Kaleb Jackson on October 4, 2004
    I think that teens should be tried as adults. Because some kids want to be all grown up. When they do sometihing like that than they might think it is cool. But they are really not. If they want to be adults, they can get the adult treatment. That is why I think that teens should be tried as adults.
  • James R Herrmann jr on October 4, 2004
    I think that teens should have the same punishment as adults. On [http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-03-03-juveniles_x.htm] it says "When it's a vicious, brutal crime, I don't want those guys living next to anybody's family again," said Elvey, whose husband was beaten to death almost 10 years ago by two boys, 15 and 16, using a metal pipe. "You get them in a juvenile system, and they get out on the street again." So I agree with them.
  • J.C. (View Email) on October 5, 2004
    Teens should be tried as adults, because if you can commit the crime you can do the time. Adults who commit crimes are punished
    so if teens commit the same crimes then they should have the same punishments. I don't care how old you are if you commit a crime you put others in danger and you should be tried just like any adult. Teens should be tried just as adults!!
  • kid who speaks the truth on October 5, 2004
    i know i dont want to die so im not going to kill somebody thats how that works
  • Colton on October 5, 2004
    We think that teens should be tried as adults. Because some kids want to be all grown up. When they do sometihing like that than they might think it is cool. But they are really not. If they want to be adults, they can get the adult treatment. That is why I think that teens should be tried as adults.
  • Kyle Murray (View Email) on October 6, 2004
    I'm kind of in the middle because if it isn't a bad enough crime the the shouldn't be charged as adults.
  • Kimber Williams on October 7, 2004
    I think that teens should be tried as adults because if they do in fact commit a crime there is a law that states, "the limit age on juvenile centers stop at 21 years of age!"
    So they would be on the streets again after that and next time(which im sure there will be) it could be worse!!!
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  • Karen on October 8, 2004
    I personally think that teens who commit violent crimes should be tried as adults. They are old enough to know what they are doing. Unless of course they are mentally ill or something. If they did it in self-defense, then I think it's unfair for them to go to jail.
  • FeLiNe (View Email) on October 10, 2004
    I believe that teens who commit serious crimes such as murder, rape and assault should be treated as adults since they committed an adult crime
  • blahblah (View Email) on October 11, 2004
    I agree with Valerie.
  • Pete Messer (View Email) on October 12, 2004
    U have a violent piont , but u have 2 conseter the fact that must teens don't have the same metority as adults! They can be trick , pribed, black maled, or they just don't know that what they r doing is wrong. U need 2 see both sides of the essu.
  • dadrienne (View Email) on October 12, 2004
    well i think they did the crime so they should pay the time. They took someone else life so the life should get their life taken away.......................
  • Hiei449 on October 12, 2004
    I believe that there should be an age limit on whether teens should be tried as adults. People as young as 10 years of age are being tried and sentenced as adults for murders, which is totaly wrong. At that age, children don't understand the finality of death; however,someone of the age of 16 or 17 do understand the finality of death and should be sentenced as adults. So the argument could do either way.
  • Karen B. on October 12, 2004
    Of course they should try them as adults! Would like to know that they only spent the maximum time of only 4 years in the juvenile correction facility and then come out and kill people again? NO!They earned a lifetime in prison by commiting the crime. Thats what I think. If they were mentally ill then thats very different.I totally agree with skyler1.
    (Thank you.)

  • Mark (View Email) on October 13, 2004
    I think children should be tried as adults for doing adult crimes. 4 years isn't enough time to straighten some one out.
  • Willem (View Email) on October 13, 2004
    If a child commits a serious crime, like killing someone, living on the rest of their lifes is a punishment. Knowing that you took someone's life, turned their lights out, they and gone, forever.
    That must be pretty bad.

    Juveniles think differently then adults.

    They should be sent to a juvenile court. When you are a adult, you should get tried as a adult, when you are a kid, you should get tried as a kid.

    Many people think, "When you kill someone, you should be killed." I think no. The USA is one of the very few countrys in the world that kills people. So far 6 states have executed children. Thats 6 too many.

    What goes on inside a kids mind when they kill someone. Probably confusion, they don't know what their doing when they kill someone, its right after that, then they start thinking.

    Now I think that they should spend as many years in rehabilitation as they need, becuase if you kill someone you must have some kind of confushion. Some of you out there who have kids. If some other kids killed your kid you would want that kid to be executed. But, if your kid killed another kids you would want your kid to stay alive and go into rehabilitation. So i think, either way, that kids should go into rehabilitation.

    I don't think adults should be executed either.

    Im just one of the millions out there who think kids should not be executed.

    Maybe thats becuase im a kid, but thats my opinion.
  • Zachary Guerra (View Email) on October 14, 2004
    I think that only adults should be tried as adults because adults have erned the right to make there own choices. If they make a mistake then its there own fault, however, kids are ruled by there parents and much of what happens arround them effects there life. If there parents are killers they will probably grow up to be killers and if they get picked on on a daily bases i wouldn't be suprised if they grow up and take there revenge on the bullies. Kids dont no what they are doing and they can make mistakes but think if it were youre child would you kill it if it killed your friend or something like that. What kids do is greatly influenced by what happens around them i should know. But thats just to opinion of a 13 year old.
  • Stephenie on October 16, 2004
    I think that teens between the ages of 13-15, should go to juvinile, because most killings by teens are because of issues at home or bulling at school. Young teens think differently then older people. But if you just think that killing someone will release the pain it won't, it will make people scared of you, but just because you aren't going to go to prison doesn't make it right to kill anyone.
  • Karen (View Email) on October 17, 2004
    Hello my name is Karen, I want to voice my opinion on sentancing Kids as adults. I dont agree with it at all! I grew up in many juvinille halls,group homes, adoulesent programes for 12 years. I am 39 years old now and work as a counselor for teenage boys with some pretty tough back grounds such as mine.I am also in collage in hopes of becoming a attorney for juvinilles. I belive no matter what these kids did sending them to state prison for life is not the answer. Its like a death sentance once they turn 18 and enter one of are bigger prisons they will be subject too all kinds of prison abuse . the gardes do nothing to protect them. what I belive needs to happen is that first of all the courts and everybody involved need to understand that at 14,15 16 and 17 the brain is not even fully developed. there decision making is inpolsive to say the least. these kids come from pretty bad back grounds and I don't jest belive I know they can be rehabilitated. Does it really make society and victims famlies feel justice is served by throwing the key away when americas children commite murder? I don't feel any safer and I am appualed at the way are leagal system has handled this issue. I haveso much to say on this topic, but for now I'll stop here. I welcome all opionions feel free to e-mail me back on this issue. my e-mail is bertanikg@yahoo.com
  • Mayra (View Email) on October 20, 2004
    I think for what i have read that teens do have a certain understanding of what is right and what is wrong, but it also depends on who is raising this child and what is going around this child in his/her everyday life. Alot of teens who do commit crimes must see this event in a different way than we, the people who think they shopuld be trialed as adults. It also depends what the crime was about, if you spend time with that person fnd out what the child is really like you might thnk differently. All children have the talent to do something with their lives. So if you put some one into a rehabilation center they might have a chance to change their lives around. And if that does happen theres no reason to kil two people. But they should spend some time servign for their crime otherwise they won't learn their lesson and they'll think everytime they commit a crime they can get away with it.
  • Brittney (View Email) on October 20, 2004
    I think juviniles shouldm be tried as adults. I think juvy is only temporary!
  • baby boo on October 21, 2004
    hi wazz going on i'm in class with not much to do so i thought i betta right yall.. well usally i would halla but you no i got baby boy so... i'm on lock down...
    n-e-waz if your fine and i'm ever single i'll halla
  • someone on October 21, 2004
    hi what do you think? should teens who comit violent crimes be tried as adults?
  • jessica johnson (View Email) on October 21, 2004
    hello my name is jessica and all i wanted to say is that if the knows what they are doing then yes they should be tried as an adult. they should at least got more time then what they did
  • Ashley Buehler (View Email) on October 21, 2004
    Hey, wats up this is ashley. A student at west middle school. i am in tha 7th grade but i am supposed 2 be in 8th grade. BUt ne wayz i have 2 do a project on SHOULD TEENS WHO COMMITE CRIMES BE TRIED AS ADULTS. i did this same 1 last year but i cant remember about it. if u can help me out in ne way please e-mail me at Wacogurl101@aol.com or Lilbrat14_2003@yahoo.com. thank you very much!!!

    ~*ASHLEY*~
  • unknow on October 21, 2004
    ok there should be an age limit on the tried, because you have to think of both sides. You have to understand that an 8 year old really dosen't understand what going on and shouldn't be punished, as adults. Only bucause they sre not old enough.Think about it I think that the age limit should be set st thri-TEEN! A 17 year old should be tried as an adult but that what I thin so that all
  • unknown on October 22, 2004
    i am doing a school project and we have to each pick a topic off of this piece of paper, and this is in speech class, i figured it would be a pretty easy topic to talk about and now that i have been doing research on it i figure it somewhat depends on the crime committed and if they are about 12 or older they should know better i dont think that just because they're not an adult they should just get away with committing a crime because then everyong whould be committing crimes and then it would just be a horrible world so you sould always think before you do something
  • some one on October 23, 2004
    ok you can't spell and it not an easy topic you have to give resons so that both sides canhave good reasons to defend that side.Guess what I know you ? to unknown
  • red spade on October 25, 2004
    screw u!
  • red spade on October 25, 2004
    if these juveniles are treated like adults then most of them will be let out and they wont learn a lesson they will just be worse than before.
  • red spade on October 25, 2004
    i know what you did last summer
  • red spade on October 25, 2004
    should juviniles really get trialed as adults? i am out raged! they should be sent to juvi not prison. if anyone says different i think that they havent been in the situation where u learn from your mistakes. when u get into 1 of those then we will talk. this is red spade with his opinion.
  • Megan on October 26, 2004
    I think that if someone does something that they shouldn't they should be punished accordingly!!
  • Amanda on October 26, 2004
    You will see that juveniles must be tried as adults for adult crimes.
  • Andrew on October 27, 2004
    A lot of people seem to think that just because you're a teen, that you should be treated less severely than an adult. As a teen, I know the hardships that we have to go through, but you don't see me grabbing a gun or a knife and taking out my anger on my peers. Why is this you ask? Because I understand the importance of life, I have morals, and I know the consequences. Minors who do not have these should be treated as if they were an adult. Just because you're young does not make you oblivious to what is going on around. I find is highly sickening that some of you people feel that minors should get away with murder simply because they've been on the planet less than some of you. Terrible argument...
  • Brittany Denais (View Email) on October 27, 2004
    YES, I think teens should be treated as adults in the justice system.
  • jes (View Email) on October 27, 2004
    oh my gosh!!! this is a good research website and i do think that children or underage teens should be tried as adults in cases of violant crimes such as these
  • James Medina on October 27, 2004
    I think teens who commit violent crimes should be tried as adults and if they don't they will do over again (Repeat Offenders.) So my saying is that that teens should be tried as adults if they commit violent crimes but just not sentence to the death penatly.
  • Kari (View Email) on October 28, 2004
    Hi!!,in my school, we are doing a debate about this topic. If you have more information that can help me, please email me. THANX!!!!
  • bea on October 28, 2004
    yes they should
  • lilpimp (View Email) on October 29, 2004
    if kids are retarid enough to murder somebody the should be traled as an adult
  • Jason Cline (View Email) on October 30, 2004
    I belive that teens that should be tried as adults because if not then they are pretty much getting away with the crime, like if a teen stabs someone, that is attempted murder and they should be put in prison the same amount of time as an adult so they wont be out trying to stab or kill someone else.
  • Laura (View Email) on October 31, 2004
    Yes they should be tried as adults, because when you turn 18 I think your record is erased, like you never commited the crime. Its like saying:"Hey, teens! Got a problem with a friend, parent, or teacher? Kill them before you turn 18! You'll only get 4 years of rehab! But if you wait till you're 18, you go to jail instead!" If the law was stricter on teens,there'd be less crime in America, right? But of course, I'm 16, so what do I know? I could be wrong.
  • Brittany Keith on November 1, 2004
    I feel that teens shouldn't be punshied for what they do. Unless they confess to what they are being punshied for
  • princess (View Email) on November 1, 2004
    well you should be 14 yearsold i fill that teens should not be tried as adults
  • Isntitsad on November 1, 2004
    Isn't it sad how a 2 yr. article is still the problem in 2004. I think that if someone can plan it then they can be responsible and pay the time. Teens think that they can get away with anything, but they were and always will be wrong.
  • janie on November 1, 2004
    if you are that stupid to do a crime where if you were an adult you would go to jail for......there is no reason a juvenile should get out of it, simple as that.
  • Good Guy on November 1, 2004
    Many people say that young people should be tried as adults.....true, but what about when they are in prison? they will be the youngest ines there. The adults could harm them by rapping them or harasing them or even get beat up. by trialing them as adults could be worse for them.....
  • babyboi (View Email) on November 2, 2004
    if they are stupid enough to commit it they should pay for it
  • general (View Email) on November 3, 2004
    i think teens should be tried as adults becuz they know wut they r doing and choose to do it. they ought to get wut they deserve
  • Rachel on November 3, 2004
    No, teens should definately NOT be tried as adults. I should know. After all, I AM a teen and I think it is unjust and totally unfair to even think we should we tried as adults. If they think it's fair that we're considered adults after we committ a crime, then how is it that we are not adult enough to vote or adult enough to join the Military? Truly, that is the question I ask. I don't know what you may think, but if I was a parent I definately wouldn't want to see my kid behind bars for ONE LITTLE mistake! Would you?
  • Whoever on November 3, 2004
    Teens should most certainly be tried as adults. I just turned 19, so I know what teens are capable of, and in my opinion, teens are the most unstable and dangerous out of everyone. Everyon says that they don't know what they're doing...that'a bunch of B.S. They know damn well what they are doing. I say, if teens want to murder, give them the death penalty. That may slow the killings down. Showing harsh punishments like the capital punishment will deter others from committing murder because it rests on the simple fact that that most people would rather live than die. America needs to start cracking down on murderers of all ages. Do you not see what this would is coming to, and Rachel, why does it matter to you if teens are tried as adults or not. Don't do anything illegal and then you won't have anything to worry about.
  • spacegirl on November 4, 2004
    Hey there! i just wnt 2 say that i thnk teens shld b tried as adults. Because a 17-year-old would get 4 years in juvenile and then released to commit more violent crimes like rape,beating, or killing. So I agree with Brittany Denais.
  • cynthia (View Email) on November 6, 2004
    should a child 2 weeks shy of 10 yrs. old be charged as a juvinile for sexual assult to a 4 yr old child? Is there any law that could be brought up to atleast try to persue a cause instead of the case just sitting in a file at the police station?
  • nicole on November 8, 2004
    well i think it all depends on their age if they now right from wrong and they still do wrong then yes i think they should be tried as adults, but if they are to young to know right from wrong and they do wrong then no i dont think they should be tried as adults.
  • lilstoner6969 (View Email) on November 9, 2004
    i think they should not they just kinds
  • ACMS REBEL on November 9, 2004
    I think they should be treated as aduts and get adults b/c if they can do the adult crime they can do the adult time!!!!!!!
  • Salnisha Ford (View Email) on November 9, 2004
    Teens that commite felonys should be tried as adults because ony 20% are charged with the crime meaning 80% get away
  • latrecie (View Email) on November 10, 2004
    he should be in jail
  • totalbabe on November 10, 2004
    they should because even in the Decleration of Independence it says, that all men are created equal. so what about teens, shouldn't they be treated equal too.
  • ana (View Email) on November 11, 2004
    i think they should cause if they can do the crime that is bad enough then they could take jail as adults
  • Hannah on November 12, 2004
    I think know matter how old you are if you do a crime than you have to pay the time. I think it is so unfair all because you are yonger than other people that you should not be treated the same way when you commit murder. I also believe this reflects on his or her parents. If your child is commiting crime you shold do something!
  • Someone (View Email) on November 15, 2004
    I'm doing a school project on this subject and I've also grown up with my dad who is a cop and I think personally they should be sentenced as an adult. Mainly because no matter what age they would've done it and a crime was commited and being that the crime was commited they need to be punished. Let's say an elderly man killed someone and was sentence to death, well let's just say a twelve year old killed somone alright and all he his sentenced is three years in jail for juvenile. Which doesn't seem fair because you a man being killed for what he did and a pre-teen only getting three years in jail. Does that seem fair to you?
  • a person (View Email) on November 17, 2004
    If a young child has commited a crime, the decision should be left up to the mental capacity and well being of the child... did the child understand their actions and as well as the concequences?? well if it was plotted and planned out then yes they should be tried as an adult... but facts have proven that young adults act out of instinct and do it with out thinking..it it was spur of the moment what the determineing factor should be mental capacity, and well being!!
  • James anderson (View Email) on November 17, 2004
    teens should not be tried as adults for the simple facts that if we cant vote like adults and drive like adults or drink and smoke like adults why should we be tried like adults.
  • 100029 (View Email) on November 17, 2004
    i think sometimes i depends, because if they have dome something really bad then they should be treated as adults
  • crash (View Email) on November 17, 2004
    i think it should deoend on the crime. but if shoot and kill someone than u should pay for it. you might say you lost ur life cause you have to stay be hind bars but what about the life u took
  • C-Dub (View Email) on November 17, 2004
    Hell ya! Those lil thugs should be tried an electrified! Powa to the people!
  • Cody (View Email) on November 17, 2004
    No, they shouldnt be tried as adults. They should hold them in juvenile centers until they turn 18 then they should try them as adults. If they are old enough to drive to school and get freedoms and be given a chance, they should know right from wrong.
  • Mike on November 17, 2004
    I totally agree with you the next time that I see a teen that was a murderer I will kill him myself..........
  • Da Gorrila Unit on November 18, 2004
    i totally agree with having the juvies go to jail cause they committed the same crime as an adult, why should they be treated dfrntly in court? if they do have some sort of mental disease or MR, they shouldn't have 2 though cause they didn't know what they were doing. i think thAT IF YOU DO THE crime, you be an adult and pay 4 your actions



    ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL
  • alma (View Email) on November 19, 2004
    I Agree because of the fact that when a teenager becomes a sertain age they know the difference between right and wrong and some of us teenagers don't like to be treated like a child we like to be treated like an adult and i mean we should be treated like adults at all times not only when you want to be treated like an adult
  • Ana on November 20, 2004
    I think teens should be tried as adults especially if they know what they are doing.
    Teens go to juveniles corrections for a few years and that's not fear when they have kill innocent people.... NOt fear...
  • chan on November 21, 2004
    i think they should be charged as adults because the teens know exactly what their doing but they dont care about going to jail because they know they'll be out shortly
  • sammi on November 22, 2004
    i think they SHOULD be !!! for everyone who doesn't think so you are stupid ! what if a 15 year old kills your parents? what then? should they not be treated like an adult?
  • someone else on November 23, 2004
    i think they should be tried as adults because you wouldn't want them back on the street after killing somebody.
  • tha_blusha (View Email) on November 23, 2004
    i think they should try juveniles as adults who commit serios crimes because they need to get punished as severe as they did to others. sentence them to an adult facility instead of the regular juvenile facility.
  • jwalker on November 28, 2004
    I agree completely with the article and if someone with an opposing view feels putting juvenile offenders in population with adult offenders is wrong, then we should have separate but equal facilities, after all, why should juveniles convicted of misdemeanors be subjected to confinement with those who commit felonies? We shouldn't house misdemeanor adults with felonious adults. I for one think there are those who can be rehabilitated and those who can't, at least, not by human means. If you do an act that is not child-like, you should be treated in a way that is not child-like or in an appropriate manner.
  • Christina (View Email) on November 28, 2004
    Im working a 12 page paper for juvenile justice and this is a great article, I agree. Though every situation has its own expection we can not look at precedents for everything. There are other factors that need to be considerd as well, like environment, physical size and stregnth, mental age and appitude along with many others. If an individual knows and understands the consequences of their actions then they should fully be prosecuted for their offense the committed.
  • Veronica Martinez (View Email) on November 29, 2004
    YES! teenagers should definitly be tried as adults. Some may say that teens do are not in the right mind and have too much stress to truly understand what they are doing.First of all, if we can drive cars and work and make major life decisions then we have the full capacity to understand right and wrong. Second, even if there is someone that isnt in the right state of mind, do you really want some teenaged maniac prowling the streets because someone decided he/she didnt 'understand' what they were doing??? I think not! email me on this topic please!!!! i have a debate 2morrow!!!
  • Christina C. (View Email) on November 29, 2004
    I am also working on an essay on this topic..and I do NOT think Juveniles should be tried as adults. People do say that rehabilitation programs do not work, but
    dumping some 15 year old teen in an adult
    prison would NOT prevent the problem of criminals either.
  • Tasha B (View Email) on November 29, 2004
    I am doing a paper on this topic, and STRONGLEY DISSAGREE that Juveniles should not be tried as adults. Teenagers, young adults, aren't allowed to do anything until they get to a certain age, but once a crime is committed they are, all of a sudden, considered as adults? They should be put into a camp or program or something that will heop them. Not sentenced 25 years to life in prison.
  • Allyson (View Email) on November 29, 2004
    i want to know more on why people think we shouldnt have juveniles be tried as adults?! im doing a research report and i agree that they should...but i need reasons for why they shouldnt, and i only have a few but my english teacher requires more...
  • Olesya (View Email) on November 30, 2004
    I agreed in this article. Young juveniles should be tried as adults. If they do have a short sentene what makes us sure that they won't do it once more? Anyways thank you for this article, you made my school paper easier. Thank you.
  • goody_gyrl19 on November 30, 2004
    What exactly is an adult crime? A crime is a crime however, age does make a difference. Although, i am an employee, a student, a tenant and a mother at 19 my brain still isn't fully develop.It is proven that the brain isn't fully develop until a person is 21 of age.So imagine someone younger being punished as an adult. It just isn't right. A juvenille should not spend the rest of their lifes in an adult facility.
  • Allana (View Email) on December 1, 2004
    I think that it really depends on the crime. Some crimes are soo bad that the teenager should be tried as an adult, others, not so much, they can be helped. Crimes like rape and murder are really bad, they should be tried as an adult but other things i don't think so.
  • smileygirl (View Email) on December 1, 2004
    i agree with the article by chan
  • Student on December 1, 2004
    i have a question?

    if a boy is convited of murder and he is only 17, and the judge tries him as an adult. and the boy went up to the judge and asked him if he could get married. and the judge sayed no. the boy then sues the court saying that it cannot pick and choose what he is judged an adult in. should he be able to get married becaues he is tried as an adult?

    would this be a violation of the boys 14th amendment?

    and how?

    please send me some info or some web sites with infomation.

    THANKS
  • Maci Nowlin (View Email) on December 2, 2004
    we think that juveniles should be counted as adults and get sentenced as adults if they did something as severe as killing someone, but if they just stole or something, they should get sent to juvenile. We think that if they did adult crime, they should get an adult sentence.
  • Anonymous (View Email) on December 2, 2004
    I don't think juveniles should be tried as adults. If a kid was to murder somebody or do some kinda bad crime they must have some kinda problem. I know for a fact that a child is not going to kill someone for the fun of it. There has to be some form of neglect or tormenting going on in the childs life. So while ya'll sitting here yapping ya'll mouths away, ya'll never know the child family/personal backgroud.

    I got something to ask ya'll:
    Your son is being teased and hurt on a daily basis. It's been going on for a year and you tell your son to stay strong and do not let the people know they're hurting him, because thats all they want. Your son is really fed up and trying to stay strong is becoming too much. He decides he's gonna put an end to it himself and takes a gun to school......5 people end up dead and he's He's up for life in prison.....
    What are you saying now?
  • sugarminday on December 3, 2004
    if a teen commmits a crime such as murder or rape..they should do the same time an adult would get charged for..their family life doesnt matter..because they're already messed up so if u let them out of a juvenile hall at 21..they'll just do the crime again and this time they'll be charged as an adult anyways!
    just put your self in the victims families shoes...if someone shot your brother or sister or mother or father..would u take it lightly that the criminal only got 4yrs in a hall while your loved one lays in a coffin or an ern for eternity?
    what kind of example is this setting except "its ok to kill someone if your under 18..but then after that you just cant get caught cause you'll do the time you deserve" it doesnt make sense. if this doesnt change people 18 and older or just going to accept younger people in their gangs so they can make them do the crimes cuz they'll get out in a couple years anyways like nothing happened. its like a free killing card, its like if you want to kill somone make sure you're at most 17! our system is corrupt if we let murderes and rapists out on the streets just because they werent the legal age to try.
  • Darlin (View Email) on December 3, 2004
    Hi people whats good? I think if kid are bad enough to kill someone then there bad enough to go to jail like an adult...
  • john seals (View Email) on December 3, 2004
    i think juviniles should not be tried as adults because they are children and they should be treated as such.
  • bruce beard (View Email) on December 6, 2004
    I do think juviniles should be tried as adults becuase, they are old enough to know what is right and wrong
  • bruce beard (View Email) on December 6, 2004
    I say yes because they are old enough to know what is right and wrong
  • i luv dc on December 6, 2004
    yes they should! they should know right 4rm wrong! if u don't think so u r stupid!!!ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !!!!!!
  • Sammi (View Email) on December 6, 2004
    I'm 15, and i know right from wrong. If i have a problem with someone, im not going to go and murder them. This is why i believe that every kid that makes the desision to hurt and kill someone should be tried as an adult. My little brother is 6 and he knows better than to kill someone, i mean come on now, shouldnt that tell us something. Anyone that can build up a plan to murder someone is adult enough and has made a conscious decision to do these actions. Therefor they deserve to be tried as an adult!
  • Gilbert on December 7, 2004
    Muppet babies are going to take over the world so juveniles should be charged as adults and hung from their toes until they are old enough to make vanilla pudding
  • Anonymous on December 7, 2004
    i have a midget who is in jail for j-walking, that is not fair
  • edgardo (View Email) on December 7, 2004
    I think children should be trialed as adults.Once you are a pre teen you can make your own decisions and bad decisions end up having consequences.
  • student (View Email) on December 7, 2004
    to Anonymous, most people the majority of adults that commit murder, or any other violent crime don't do it for the "fun of it". Research shows that adult violent criminals had a troubled childhood. if it can be proven that a juvenile knowingly committed a violent crime they to should be punished as adults.
  • kelsey loddeke (View Email) on December 8, 2004
    I dont think teens should be tried as adults b/c i've been in that situation in 2002. When they told me I was going to be tried as an adult, i didnt even think anything of it, b/c i didnt even know what the hell it meant to be tried as and adult. And now that i know what it means, it scares me to think i could've been sittin up in big jail. Believe me, juvenielle isnt any better, but at least i learned my lesson from being up in there for 6 months then going to a residential facility for a year and 9 months. I know u can make your own decisions, but i guranteed u that if u go through the system you'll be the first one to learn from your mistake.
  • Jazmine (View Email) on December 8, 2004
    NO they should not the key word is ADULT!
    they are children not adult but if they mean it then it's a different story but proven until genlty!
  • The wise one (View Email) on December 8, 2004
    I say yes and no 1) if a 16 year old kills someone they should pay but thats like 4 years in juvenielle and then there back to killing more people. 2)Sending a 16 year old to an adult jail is A)only going to make them even matter and B)There is a huge chance they are going to get killed by a 35 year old.(yes this has happened before).So there are pros and cons to sending kids to adult jail.Email me at Arl_girl2001@yahoo.com if you wish to talk more about this.
  • The wise one (View Email) on December 8, 2004
    I have but one more thing to say.What they can atlest do is if a child kills someone then they can send them to juvenielle then when they become 18 or 21 switch them over to and adult jail.Its as easy as that people.
  • Ryan Gamble (View Email) on December 10, 2004
    HI, I used ur essay for a research paper im doin. Thnx
  • Not Neccessarily on December 11, 2004
    If juveniles are tried as adults in the adult system, it decreases their chances of being tried again because A they might get the death sentence or B they might get life in prison without parole. They might only be tried as adults after committing violent crimes such as murder or intentional harm. However, there is another side to this. If the child beleives the killing was made in self defense, then the sentencing would have to be different. The main thing is, it is impossible to generalize when it comes to individual cases. Killings could only sometimes be involutary manslaugter. (did i spell that right?)If the crime becomes violent enough, than it could even be charged as a first degree murder.
  • sasha horsford (View Email) on December 13, 2004
    I think that juveniles should be tried as adults because if they do the adult crimes, they should do the adult punishment. And they are old enough to make their own decisions. And if they get away with what they do by going to juvenile, they might even do something worse, thinking that they are going to get off easily. But if they have to go to jail, they might think twice before committing a crime.

    - Sasha H

  • Sorry, can't tell you (View Email) on December 13, 2004
    If you are for teens being tried as adults, then listen to this...if teens do get sent to an adult prison, then they will learn adult things and will come out exactly as they were before. If teens go to a juvenile detention center, then they will have counseling and a full education, but they will be released when they get 18 no matter what age they where when they committed the crime.

    It also costs more to sentence a person to death than it is for them to have to serve life sentence in jail.

    Have fun deciding
  • crazylegz (View Email) on December 14, 2004
    i think that juveniles should be tried as adults depending on what the situation is because they should know right from wrong and if given the chance to do it again the probably will.
  • Ryan Cocca (View Email) on December 18, 2004 at 10:09 PM
    Of course not...To think of trying juveniles as adults is ridiculous...The American Psychological Association (APA) has proved that the frontal lobe of the brain, which is responsible for regulating actions based on morals, doesn't develop until 18 and a half years, on average 25 years. In addition, the frontal lobe is control of rational thinking...which means that if a juvenile commits a crime it is not premeditated, and therefore not malicious...In addition, we look at what the purpose of our Correctional System is...to "Correct", not to separate, ruin, isolate. The only means to better people is through rehabilitation. What way to better rehabilitate someone than to send them to a juvenile facility where over 6 times the funds are used for rehabilitation when compared with adult prisons. In addition, when juveniles come out of juvenile facilities, they have clean records, therefore they can go to college and start careers...If someone is put into the adult system, they either come out with a record or don't come out at all...What our nation needs to do is create a tiered judicial system...Thus, trying those under 14 and imprisoning separately, trying those 14 to 18, imprisoning them longer but still separate from adults, and then our current adult penitentiary system. This would solve the debate over why someone who is 17 and murders is given a lesser sentence than someone who is 18. If you've gotten this far, you have probably realized that I am very adamant about this subject and I feel that trying juveniles as adults must be at least postponed, until a better system can be developed...
  • Cocca (View Email) on December 18, 2004 at 10:23 PM
    Here's a question for you guys...If a juvenile can't serve on a jury why should they be tried by one...Isn't it United States Law that a person be tried by a "jury of their peers"? Age restrictions exist for tons of things, why? because juveniles aren't mentally capable to handle them...In addition, by putting a juvenile into the adult court system, no added benefits occur for the juvenile...I ask you this, why should we pay more money as tax-payers to put a prospective minor in an 8 x 8 cell for the rest of their life when we could easily take a quarter of that money and guarantee results through juvenile rehabilitation?
  • Big Pimpin (View Email) on December 20, 2004 at 11:41 AM
    Juveniles should be tried as adults. According to a survery of the youth of America ages ten to fourteen, the vast majority knew right from wrong. Ten percent of them thought it was alright for revenge. The kids today are the next generation. Its time for the government to crack down on this criminals. There are too many juvenile criminals running around the streets. They think they can get away with these crimes. Its time to prove them wrong. I am 18 and when i was ten years old i knew right from wrong. These teens know what they are doing. When juveniles start committing violent crimes, they are not innocent children anymore. I just finished a research paper for college on juvenile crime. This site was a grea source for help.
  • Ktowncutie (View Email) on December 22, 2004 at 12:35 PM
    Teens should be tired as adults because if you were the victim or family or friend of the victim, a 4 or 5 year sentence in a juvenile correctional facility wouldnt be equal to the hardship, mentally and/or physically, that you went through because of them.
  • Raven (View Email) on January 1, 2005 at 2:32 PM
    No, they shouldn't be tried as adults! If a juvenile is sentenced to an adult prison, they are 8 times more likely to commit suicide, 500 times more likely to be sexually assaulted, and 200 times more likely to be beaten by staff than if they lived in a juvenile facility.
    If a teen is tried as an adult, they are 60% more likely to die before age 25 (from death sentence, suicide, or prison violence). If they do actually live through their jail sentence, the person is twice as likely to commit another crime, than if they came out of a juvenile facility.
    So, if they are charged as an adult...they're basically dead.
  • Megan (View Email) on January 3, 2005 at 9:32 AM
    I think that they should get tried as adults one they are old enough to do the crime they are old enough to serve what they dersrve....
  • Michelle Kain (View Email) on January 4, 2005 at 3:25 PM
    no i dont think they shold be tried as adults thay are just kids that did the crime. they were to young to know what they where doing thay had anger and furry thay had a reason to do it.so no thay should not
  • haley .E. (View Email) on January 5, 2005 at 3:31 PM
    Michelle my friend got in a fight but she is soo sweet now but i don't think them youngin's should be tried!!
  • brock samson (View Email) on January 6, 2005 at 11:27 AM
    Ithink they should because my cousin just got out and he learned his lesson because it was so scary maybe they will learn there lesson.
  • bob (View Email) on January 6, 2005 at 11:27 AM
    Good Question Should teens who commit violent crimes be tried as adults? Well I think they should punished but depends how bad the crime is will eqaul to the punishment.If they do get tried as adults they might learn there lesson!
  • bob (View Email) on January 6, 2005 at 11:29 AM
    I used your research for my speech thanx.
  • Christine (View Email) on January 6, 2005 at 1:45 PM
    Im doing a class debate and im for teen being tried as an adult.. I do beleive that they should go to adult prison because they did a harh crime and going to juvenile would not teach them a lesson all it would do is make them think oh its not so bad here so lets do an other crime and it will get worse as they go..ome people say ohh but when they come out of adult prison they will do harsher crimes..well they already went there for doing one..nothing really changed just dat with going to juvenile they would get out sooner to do more crimes..if the teens kill themself in prison because its so bad there well atleast we know he wont be let out into society to do more crimes..but i do thnk children under 12 years old should not go to an adult prison..but those 12 an higher know what they are doing and they should be punished for their wrong doing..i am a 17 year old teen and im old enough to know that i shouldnt do crimes even when i was 15 i knew i shouldnt, so dont come tell me teens dont know what they are doing your just trying to protect them when really we should be inforcing the laws on them because they know they can get away with what they are doing because they say 'ohh we are teens so we can do whatever and we wont suffer the consequences' this whole deal with being abused in prison i fixable all we have to do i inforce a law dat only teens goign to an adult prison should be put in cells together and so whatever together and o on with the showers when they are not supervised..but like other activities dat go on when they are being supervised then they can be put with the older people..juvenile will never teach a lesson to a kid..I know many people that have been to juvi many many times..they till doing the crimes..we need something better then juvi and adult prison might just be the thing.
  • Kelsey (View Email) on January 6, 2005 at 3:07 PM
    Kids should be tried as adults because if they didn't they wouldn't learn there lessen some kids do but others think that they are so hard core that they could last in Juvi for at least a few years!! SO just if kids do the crim they should do the crim!!!!
  • halley (View Email) on January 6, 2005 at 3:12 PM
    i am a loser and i lokk like a blue beerry
  • Halley evans (View Email) on January 6, 2005 at 3:23 PM
    my brother was at a dance and him and some of his friends and him werent allowed into the dance so the guy hwo wouldnt let the boys in they poped his tires but my brother didnt do it so and he was the one wh|
    who got into trouble with the police not the other boys thou
  • haley (View Email) on January 6, 2005 at 3:38 PM
    my friend got in a fight but she is soo sweet now
  • teen on January 6, 2005 at 5:27 PM
    many juveniles do not unserstand the proceedings in a legal system. this is according to The MacArthur Juvenile Adjudicative study.
  • Courtney Anderson (View Email) on January 6, 2005 at 8:43 PM
    Well im doing a project on this subject. I personally think it goes both ways. Im 15 and being a teenager i think that sometimes teens might have family problems or confused about sumthing. maybe they have personal problems...or maybe jus crazy but most kids might not know what they are doing at the time but ont he other hand when i was was 10 on tv i saw this little 8 your old pretty little girl murderd by a young man at the age of 17 and now i know that he is out there now and he might just do the same thing all over again but when i was 10 8 and 6 i knew what was right and wrong and im sure of that i knew not kill someone if someone at my age or any teenager kills someone they should know what they did and should be tried as adults cuz if they comit the crime they need to take and learn from there actions i dont know if you feel the same way but ill let you make the choice
  • biggie little (View Email) on January 7, 2005 at 11:11 AM
    FRESH SO FRESH SO FRESH SO FRESH
  • Brock samson (View Email) on January 7, 2005 at 11:16 AM
    If I was judge a would send to jail because there is to many punks on the street that are just plan scared i would throw all in jail like i said there punks.
  • Brock samson (View Email) on January 7, 2005 at 11:18 AM
    If I was judge i would send them to jail because there is to many punks on the street that are just plan scared i would throw all in jail like i said there punks.
  • Brock samson (View Email) on January 7, 2005 at 11:23 AM
    I think just a bunch a little girls in dresses that are trying to prove them selfs by killing betting helpless people who ever thinks they shoudn't go to jail think if they came to your home and toke everthing you have.
  • Brock Samson (View Email) on January 7, 2005 at 11:36 AM
    did you know they get longer time then the adults i think thats not fair but i'm just glade the cops get the scums of the streets a punch of punks trying to get respect from other people i for one hope none of those punks see their family because their family probley dosn't even care because they like to bett and kill people now how people won't to see killers in their house a teenage kid should be thrown in prison how many people agree.
  • cindy (View Email) on January 7, 2005 at 2:50 PM
    i think that those "kids" should be tried as adults since they think they're old enough to commit a crime!!
  • Courtney ********* (View Email) on January 9, 2005 at 5:07 PM
    I think its stupid to try a minor as an adult! If the government doesn't think you are old enough to vote for the president of the u.s.a. or that you can't go to a R rated movie, than how can you be charged as an adult.
  • BRE (View Email) on January 11, 2005 at 11:56 AM
    I'm doing a research paper for senior project , on juveniles being charge as adults. i do believe that there should be no exceptions when it comes down to committing crimes, and that society should not have to fear that a love one will not come home or worried about getting robbed or rape by some teenage gangs. violence has got to stop some where!!!
  • Guillermo (View Email) on January 11, 2005 at 3:01 PM
    I am doing reserch about treding teens as adults i am asking for osme options
  • hilda (View Email) on January 11, 2005 at 5:55 PM
    i think that what you belive is very true
  • kazy (View Email) on January 12, 2005 at 8:17 PM
    i think if they are wiilling to commit adult crime they should serve adult time these kids think they can get away with anything just because they are minors so they should serve as much as an adult!!
  • kazy (View Email) on January 12, 2005 at 8:17 PM
    i think if they are wiilling to commit adult crime they should serve adult time these kids think they can get away with anything just because they are minors so they should serve as much as an adult!!
  • Kasya (View Email) on January 14, 2005 at 2:56 PM
    i think they should be free and not being charged
  • todd (View Email) on January 16, 2005 at 10:24 PM
    Im 13 years old and im doing a recearch paper on teens being tried as adults and I strongly agree on your opinion. I believe that teen that commit brutal and immoral crimes should serve the same sentence that adults would. thanks for the research material.
  • SLim (View Email) on January 17, 2005 at 1:09 AM
    HI i'm doing a paper on juveniles tried as adults and I want to know what rate of juveniles committing crimes has it increased like a percentage or somthing ?? Thanks bye
  • Irina (View Email) on January 17, 2005 at 2:25 PM
    If the juviniel did the crime as an adult then they should be tried as an adults.
  • ana500 (View Email) on January 20, 2005 at 3:21 PM
    teens should be tried as adults for rape because they are teens who have been to
    elementry and wher taught right from wrong. Also the took an adult action
  • josh (View Email) on January 20, 2005 at 10:22 PM
    Hi I'm josh and a teen. I believe that for a teen to be judges as a man is wrong. There are clear distinction between mature adults and children. Remember they are still children and let me add if this government doesn't even allow children to vote,drink or even have the same rights as adults how can you judge them as one. There is a clear distinction between mature and not mature in our society and to fo against that is hypocritical
  • lovebaby92 (View Email) on January 25, 2005 at 3:29 PM
    the teens who do a crime just made an adult desision so the chould be tried as adults. like they say " if you do the crime you do the time"
  • Amanda (View Email) on January 25, 2005 at 3:42 PM
    I am only 12 and I know right from wrong.I know that killing a person would put me in a lot of trouble if I'm 12 then why can't a 18 year old see why not to kill some one.But what if a 16 year old were sent to jail and killed what then. It is a fact that inmates will pick on and kill younger inmates.If that same 16 year old was to kill your mother what would you say.it would be something like ohyes that little trouble maker got what he need.But what of the mother of that child. And what if the father of a child beat and almost killed a child everyday and that child was to grow up in a hostile enforment then the child was to go a steal food to live and what if that child was too kill someone because that is how they grew up can you blam them?????E-mail me I need everything I can get.
  • Bernardo (View Email) on January 31, 2005 at 5:44 PM
    lettin teens kill and just keeping them in jail til there 21 is stupid
  • batool on January 31, 2005 at 8:47 PM
    I am doing a research report ,and I say no!!! because they have their whloe life ahead of them,why should 1 mistake deprive them from living their life
  • batool on January 31, 2005 at 8:48 PM
    I am doing a research report ,and I say no!!! because they have their whloe life ahead of them,why should 1 mistake deprive them from living their life
  • Alexandria (View Email) on February 1, 2005 at 11:31 AM
    i thought this was a great essay and it helped me alot thanks
  • Alex Stringer (View Email) on February 1, 2005 at 3:25 PM
    One of my best friends was killed by her drunk boyfriend in a car crash. he was tried as a juvenile even though he will be 18 in one month.
  • savannah, ga (View Email) on February 3, 2005 at 9:03 AM
    I have been working in law enforcement for many years and I have learned that child or adult rehabilitation does not take place only time away from society is accomplished which means that if we do not want our criminal behaved children to become criminal behaved adults we need to from a different type of rehabilitational justice system especially for our young criminals instead of putting them under the influences of older criminals. bottom line we are only making harder criminals(monsters)
  • veronica (View Email) on February 4, 2005 at 12:45 PM
    hey, well i just turned eighteen and i'm going to trial this summer. i was out driving with my friends right after school and did an illigal turn cause i didn't want to wait for traffic. i did it unintentinaly right in front of the principal and she radio'd it in to the sro. he came screechin round the corner and i panicked, slammed on the brakes, tried to pull over and accidentaly hit a car. now i'm being tried as an adult, my future plans for going into the FBI are at jeperdy and there's nothing I can do. I think that juveniles are juveniels, they are prone to making mistakes and can definitaly learn from them. of course such things like murder, rape and obviouse crimminal intent should be taken into account. but that doens't mean that a juvenile crimminal can not grow up to be a helpfull, mature productive part of society. children are not mature, they make bad choices, often panicked split second desitions that they regret thoroughly. depending on the crime most kids need to be slapped on the hand and given a second chance. not locked up and prone to developing a distrust of the law, society, and human kind in general.
  • jen (View Email) on February 8, 2005 at 1:53 PM
    they shouldn't be tried and thats that!
  • amanda (View Email) on February 8, 2005 at 11:40 PM
    honestly, i agree to most of what was said in the paper. juveniles should not get away with harsh crimes because of your age. when children do something wrong we sit them on time outs, so that they grow up to know what is right from wrong, so therefore young adults should already know what their consequences are going to be for their actions. they know right from wrong so harsher punishments are a must in my eyes! ~amanda-19-PA
  • christina on February 14, 2005 at 12:51 PM
    i thank juvenniles should be tried as adults b/c if they are old enough to do the crime they should be old enough to pay their time
  • Denise (View Email) on February 16, 2005 at 9:47 AM
    I don't think that juveniles should be tried as adults because the simple fact is that they are not adults.Like they say that swearing is for adults and not for kids.Prison is for adults and not for kids under an circumstance. I believe that juveniles should not be charge with no adults account.
  • victoria on February 17, 2005 at 1:56 PM
    it really depends on the situation that they are in.
  • victoria on February 17, 2005 at 1:58 PM
    it really depends on the situation that they are in.If they killed someone i think they should be tried as an adult. if they just accidently did something then i wouldn't care. it's not my problem.
  • Dom (View Email) on February 22, 2005 at 10:29 PM
    I think it Depends on the crime the Juvenile Committed!! i am almost 18 and i think that if they can do an adult crime they can do adult time!!! But i think that if the crime is not that sever then they should just be sent to a juvenile detention center but if they Kill, Rape, or something like that they should get tried as an adult! Yes, they may not be able to vote or drink or buy certain items because supposedly they are not an adult but if they can kill or rape someone then they sure as heck can pay the price of there crime!
  • Flea on February 24, 2005 at 8:29 AM
    The Flea thinks this is all a big misunderstanding. Kids don't deserve this torture, and neither does the Flea!
  • Stacy Renee McGee (View Email) on February 25, 2005 at 12:55 PM
    If there is no such thing as a right crime, then why are we emacipating criminals reguardless of their age? When we were little, we were taught right from wrong. Wrong is wrong reguardlss of a number.
  • victoria on March 1, 2005 at 1:48 PM
    hey people if you are on this web site i need things good about teens being tried as adults.
  • Elexis Henderson (View Email) on March 1, 2005 at 6:21 PM
    I am very appreciative of the opinions left on this website! I am doing a research paper in English also, and I believe that a juvenile should be punished- depending on the rate of their crime. If it is in an adult matter, then of coarse I believe that they should be trialed as an adult. For instance, someone very close to me was sent to juvenile for trying to kill his brother... he nearly stabbed him to death... but he was only sent there for about a month! Since he got out he has gotten worse, even though - i will admit- when he was inthere he "was sorry". So, it taught me that if you are smart enough to commit and adult crime... you should be trialed as one.
    thanks for your time ~Elexis
  • Sadie on March 2, 2005 at 5:57 PM
    I do agree with what this paper says. And like everyone one else I agree that everyone knows right from wrong, but what if you arent taught that. I grew up in a home to where my parents were never around to teach me right from wrong. I know that I turned out good, but for not gettin the love and devotion I need has made me a little crazy. Think about what is going on in these kids lives, I believe that many of them -killing, raping, etc. is a cry for help. I know it's not right, but just think WHY are they doing such harsh things like these outrageous crimes.
  • victoria on March 6, 2005 at 7:01 PM
    tell me 3 good reason why a teen should be tried as an adult and I will listen. Otherwise you are poop!!!
  • teeeeeresa (View Email) on March 9, 2005 at 3:09 PM
    But seriously, would you want the murderer of your little brother on the streets just after 4 years of prison? Do you want the person who raped your sister out of juvie? Isn't it like 20 years if an adult commits a murder? Then why do teens get 5 times less than that?
  • Pariss (View Email) on March 10, 2005 at 1:10 PM
    i think that this article is kind of harsh because some of what these children are doing is because of peer preasure.
  • Melissa (View Email) on March 11, 2005 at 10:32 AM
    I personally think that juveniles who have the mind set and are capable of following through with commiting crimes, should have to face the harsh consequences that come as a result and be tried as adults.
  • Luz Jimenez (View Email) on March 13, 2005 at 12:06 PM
    While it is true that these young criminals need to learn their lesson, it is also true that the vast majority of young ones who are put into juvenile facilities are sent to adult court system which offers them no help and does not let them know their rights. If you really analyze the situation, you will notice that this is somewhat racial discrimination. Here in California, most of the jails are filled with ghetto-residing citizens, mostly black and latino, or what the caucasian community likes to call "white trash". It has been proven scientifically that the juvenile brain has not matured at the age of 17 or 18. Many times it does not mature even at the age of 30. And besides, what kind of life is expected for a juvenile who enters the big bad jail at the age of 18? They are taught how to make knives out of soap to protect themselves instead of trigonometry and english. We insist on condemning these these people, yet we never take the time to empathize with them and realize that most of them came from absuve familes, experienced rape, or used drugs to escape the evil society in the ghettos of East LA. I live in Inglewood, CA, a city about ten minutes away from down town Los Angeles where gun shots are the main dish at this ghetto restaurant and drugs are served as dessert. Most of the young ones who take part in thESE crimes are pushed into these gangs by an abusive family, or this corrupt, violence-guided society. Most of those who support the death of these young ones, do so because they are too far up the food chain to realize that the these people are not truly bad, they are simply protecting themselves. Did you know that if you know a gang member who commits a crime,you could also be sent to jail? And did you know that the gun-enforcement act, passed I believe in 1997 by Gil Garcetti, adds 15 years to the sentence of a juvenile for simpy having a gUn in their possession-not shooting it. Isn't that a bit too harsh. Get Educated!!! If you know a gang member, like i do, you might end up in jail sooner or later. The world is not as beautiful as the hierarchy of the US has made us believe. Watch the Documentary, Juvies, and tell me if that doesn't stab at your heart. Read and learn. Educate Yourselves!!!!!!!!!
  • Babyphat (View Email) on March 15, 2005 at 7:01 PM
    age is just a numba ppl! theres no excuse for hurtn an innocent person!
  • Someone on March 17, 2005 at 11:10 PM
    I honestly believe that this article is correct in saying that it is unfair that juveniles basically get away with violent crimes. It becomes a slap on the wrist in which other young people observe and internalize. With this in mind, more youths believe that they too can committ these crimes and be given a slap on the hand as well. I agree with some of the resonses though that talk about educating and reaching out to youths. But if the youth doesn't want help or accept help, educating them does nothing. Most youth respond to observation rather than being told not to do something. An example of what can really come their way is the only way they can really internalize the severity of their actions. My personal belief is that these juveniles should be tried as adults for violent crimes, however, unlike some adults, they should be guarenteed a parol hearing at age 21. This would allow the youth a so called "second chance" as well as giving an example to other youths that they are not immune to harsher punishment for acts of violent crimes.
  • - on April 7, 2005 at 1:47 AM
    The same reasons which support the law banning minors from alcohol or tobacco are why juveniles should not be tried as adults. The brain chemistry simply isn't sophisticated enough to handle such a situation.
  • youluv2know on April 7, 2005 at 10:42 AM
    I work in Juvenile hall and I know a couple of children that were givien a lot more than 4 years for commiting a criminal act. All of the children that I have come across were given a minimum of 15 years and are latinos. Alot of this chilren fine a home in a gang and in order to inpress the older gang members they being to act "hard" abd carry guns. Also some of this children have the taken the fault for the crime because if they tell on the person whom actually commited the crime once the other child get release the gang will take actions in their own hands. Many of these children are scared to tell on the actual criminal because they anf the families life would be in danger.
  • me (View Email) on April 12, 2005 at 12:06 PM
    hi
  • Zach (View Email) on April 13, 2005 at 1:44 PM
    TEENS SHOULD BE tried as adults BECAUSE IF THEY ARENT THEY WONT LEARN A LESSON THEY WILL THINK OH IT'S OK TO KILL OR COMMIT ROBBERY I WONT HAVE OT DO ANYTHING BESIDES GO TO JUVY FOR TWO YEARS
  • shaniece (View Email) on April 22, 2005 at 11:53 AM
    should children be trialed as adults and what do the courts think about it
  • KF (View Email) on April 24, 2005 at 8:52 PM
    I think that if juvenile is charged with a violent crime such as murder then yes they should be tried as a adult. If the child has the mind set to follow through on a murder then they should be given the same treatment as someone over the age of 18.
  • Sh0rTi3 (View Email) on April 28, 2005 at 10:02 PM
    Teens should be tried as adults...age is nothind but a #....Killing is KILLING dont matter about da age...n if they do an adult crime y wouldn't they be tried as adults?? COME ON KNOE PPL...U KNOE DAT ITZ RONG TO TREAT KILLERS AGE A LIL CHILD...EVEN IF THEY ARE ONLY 8,9,10 OR WAT EVER AGE...THEY CAN DO IT AGEN!!!!!!!
  • Denise C. on May 1, 2005 at 2:31 PM
    Brain development in a minor is estimated to have reached a full level of maturity and understanding that their actions have consequences at the age of around 25. So it is harder for minors to see that if they were beating up someone that that person could die, and they would be charged with murder.
  • daron mcdaniel (View Email) on May 2, 2005 at 11:42 PM
    Teens should be tried as adults
  • Yesi (View Email) on May 4, 2005 at 11:11 AM
    i think that they all should get punished. But if they are 13,14,15 yrs, they should be with people there age. then when it is time to be an adult, put them in the prison. They are still doin there time. QUE NO?(right). NO matter wat they did!!!!!!!!!!!!1
  • Will (View Email) on May 6, 2005 at 10:25 AM
    So, these psychiatrists say, "Oooh, their brains aren't developed!", and I say that they should rejoin the real world. From an early age, I could comprehend death, and with something so crucial as life, these criminals are just that. Criminals. When they take an innocent life and plunge the victims' families into a world of sorrow they should pay for their actions. After all, lives of the innocent cannot be returned, so there is no reason that the perpetrator should enjoy life.
  • Will (View Email) on May 6, 2005 at 10:32 AM
    By the way-I did not have an easy childhood, yet I have not killed anyone. I have never even seen the inside of a cell, so the excuse of a troubled childhood is not credible. When I was a kid, I got in a couple of fights; with my fists, no guns, knives, etc. Then it was settled.
  • Carmen (View Email) on May 9, 2005 at 11:46 AM
    you all are some [censored]es, mutha[censored]in HOES, YOU MAMA AND DADDY AND ALL THE [censored] STACKERS IN THESE [censored] ASS SUBURBS
  • Rickster (View Email) on May 9, 2005 at 1:34 PM
    I believe they should be punished to the fullest posibility!
  • amanda (View Email) on May 9, 2005 at 2:50 PM
    I don't think it's fair no matter what they have no right to be treated that way trail them as a kid just as they are just cause they made one dont mean that they will do it again. THINK ABOUT IT THAT THEY ARE JUST KIDS I MEAN BE FOR REAL
  • alicia (View Email) on May 10, 2005 at 12:15 PM
    i think that if a kid is grown up enough to kill someone then they grown up enough to be trialed as an adult.
  • Mindy (View Email) on May 17, 2005 at 4:49 AM
    i think they need to re-evaulate this system and create a new one that caters to the growing number of teenage law offenders. Yes, these teenagers should be punished but not with adults!!! they should go through a program that rehabilitates them instead of a system that keeps the circle going. if they go to jail for say, robbery and are tried as adults and go to jail they will not reform-- they'll be WORSE and come right back out and do the same all over again. If they kill someone and they are under age 16... they need serious help and need to be kept away from society but with care and supervision... REHAB!! Jails DO NOT change people!!! When will WE LEARN!!! It costs $$$ to keep people in jail... why not help to change them and make them valuable citizens.... ??? Jails do not change people...
  • Jim Shoes (View Email) on May 17, 2005 at 11:18 AM
    YOu Guys are dumb Get a life. I have a job do you? I think not! SLACKERS!!
    Peace out!
  • pumkin on May 17, 2005 at 11:23 AM
    no i think they should not be
  • karina (View Email) on June 6, 2005 at 1:45 PM
    i think that minors shoiuldnt be trialed as adults because jailo does not change people .It just makes it worse. they come out biter and hating life and they are going to do the same thing all over again. plus it is not the family members fault that they did that and they will hAVE to suffer too!
  • bob (View Email) on August 9, 2005 at 10:37 AM
    i think yall are right
  • dana (View Email) on August 11, 2005 at 9:57 AM
    i think it's crazy to try and put children to death. if a child does somthing as horrible that they should die then somthing should be looked at in the system.where were the the people when he or she needed help,someone wants kill our children but no one want to help them find another way.
  • Jennifer on August 23, 2005 at 11:41 PM
    If a juvenile can be tried as an adult then why do we punish the perverts who look at their porn? Their only 15-17 years old they know what they're thinking and what the consequences are.Right? WRONG!!!!! People who say, someone who is 15 or 17 knows what they're doing and deserve to be punished as an adult, are full of crap. They DON'T know, that's why we call them juveniles. They haven't lived long enough to consider themselves "all knowingly". People make mistakes until they learn and that's what young people are doing. They are learning, hence the reason they have to constantly be told "no" or have supervision. As well as being a teenager all together we all call it the roughest years. Teenagers clash with their parents because they think they know it all but they don't. The parents, adults, have to think for them because they know what the consequences will be.
  • Mary Jane on August 30, 2005 at 9:41 PM
    I think that if juveniles commit serious crimes they should face much time in Adult Jail. If they just put them in a Correctional Facility for a short length of time that it doesn't make what they did to the inoccent person okay.
  • Laura chavez (View Email) on August 30, 2005 at 10:53 PM
    I think Teens Should be trail as adults...like this article said it will show other teens that actions have consequences...I think that teens take advantege of not being trail as adults..If teens do bad things its because they are aware of their actions;an adult is aware of its actions.
  • criminal justice major on September 3, 2005 at 9:29 PM
    I have read a few comments and I have agreed with some and have disagreed with others. I have read the longest one and the individual has mentioned that "if you know a gang member you can also go to jail, just for knowing a gang member" I had to laugh at that because there is no way a person can go to jail just becuase he or she knows someone who is in a gang!If that is the case a lot of people would be in jail by now. First and foremost if you have done something wrong with that gang member that you know then "yes" you may just be heading to jail! Now for my comment on whether juveniles should be tried as adults, lets be real, once you're 9 yrs of age you basically know right from wrong! Now when you're 13 and above, you most definitely know right from wrong, unless you are just mentally ill. Don't get me wrong now there are mentally ill children out there that do need help and if the parents know about their child needing help then the parents should try to get that help, before the child may do something harmful to himself/herself. But for a perfectly healthy individual, they know right from wrong. Yes, some juveniles claim that they have had a bad childhood but be real, you CAN'T KILL someone just becuase you had a bad childhood! I had a bad childhood and look at me now I am a criminal justice major. I didn't go and kill someone just becuase I felt like I was going down hill. Peer pressure, another excuse for juveniles. Every individual has his or her OWN brain, and if you get caught up and did what another individual did and you knew it was wrong then I'm sorry to say that you can't think for yourself. Please don't tell me that a brain is not fully functioned at the age of 17 or 18 becuase it is, that is why you and your friends are able to make decisions whether it was a right or wrong decision. And yes people do learn from their mistakes, but don't kill someone and think "ohh, my gosh I just killed someone, I learned from this mistake, maybe I won't do it again", because society doesn't work like that. If a juvenile is old enough to commit an adult crime then yes that juvenile should be tried as an adult, and if you're wondering if I have any children yes I do, I have two, and my nine year old knows that it is wrong to kill someone. Don't get me wrong now, there are crimes that are petty and doesn't need to be in the adult court system. But when it comes to murder then it should, but lets not blame just juveniles here, if a child accidently shot his/her brother/sister, then hey parents should be tried becuase where was the supervision. What we have to understand is that there are different situations for every incident, a gang member should be tried as an adult, kids 10 and under, parents should be held liable, think about it, most shooting with children 10 and under found a gun in thier parents home and if they found it then off course it was accessible to the children, thats when parental supevision lacks. And even if they know that killing someone is wrong, they don't know what a gun can do, so parents should be held liable at this point. If my son had killed someone accidently (at the age he is now 9) becuase I left a gun at his reach, then I should be held liable, but if his little tail was out with his friends doing everything that he knows is wrong (at the age of 14 or up), and they killed someone, then take his little tail right to jail. So thats my comment.
  • criminal justice major on September 3, 2005 at 9:45 PM
    One last thing, the new law now states that there would be no capital punishment on juveniles who commit adult crimes, so this may sound good to all the young gangsters out there and all the old gangsters who may now recruit young ones to commit their murders for them all because they won't get the capital punishment.
  • nikkialinas (View Email) on October 13, 2005 at 9:29 PM
    kids should not be tried as adults half the time many can not evn go to trail so you send them to jail if u put a 16 or 17 year old in jail with harden crimals u just teach them to be better criminals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Mary Jane on October 17, 2005 at 11:27 AM
    I think that if your old enough to do the crime your old enough to do the time in prison!
  • Chris on October 18, 2005 at 1:51 PM
    I beleive that teens shouldn't be tried as adults because I've seen something that says that teens are more likely to be assulted both sexually and physically and they shouldn't have to even have that chance.
  • Nikole Boed on November 2, 2005 at 2:47 PM
    I do believe 100% that they should get adult punishment! If you have a mind mature enough to plan a brutal and harsh murder or any other crime you should get the punishment for the crime!
  • Karbear on November 2, 2005 at 2:55 PM
    I entirely disagree with giving juveniles adult sentences because there culd be an instance when the juvenile did not commit the crime or perhaps the child was unaware of the crime. Therefore, is is also the parents responsibility to discipline them. Also for the same damn reason in which they are not adults until they have turned 18 just as they have to wait to vote til they are 18. BAM!!!!!! WHAT NOW? Go me, go me, go me, go me. Yeah
  • leslie bell (View Email) on November 3, 2005 at 12:25 PM
    I think if you are old enought to know better you should be punished as an adult. I am a freshman in high school and i think if i was stabed I would want the personto get no mercy in the court room just like a grow person wouldnt.
  • Allison (View Email) on November 3, 2005 at 1:07 PM
    I'm 13 and i'm doing a report on ...shold juveniles get the death peanlty for adult crimes they commit? I think so!!! As you get older you learn right from wrong, and if you did something wrong you would get punished!!
    If these teens are old enough to do the crime or think their old enough... than let them be treated like one!!! Also if they take a life of another person...then their life should be taken from them! Not saying they should all die, it depends on the crime, but they should get their regular life taken{ prison} Its better to get them off the street before another little boys mom, a mans wife or great school teacher dies!!!! Said by a murdereds mother.
  • hope sellar (View Email) on November 3, 2005 at 11:06 PM
    i reacon juvenile crime should not be given adult time or not treated as a adult with there crimes
  • michelle on November 9, 2005 at 3:37 PM
    i think that juveniles should be treated as adults!! If your old enough to do the crime then your old enough to do the time!!
  • matthew (View Email) on November 15, 2005 at 6:25 PM
    if you commit an adult crime then you do the adult time
  • schmidty9875 on November 17, 2005 at 3:32 PM
    u guys take a totally wrong viewpoint the brain of a teen isnt fully developed, actually it isnt developed till late 20's...thinking that influences hit teens harder than anyother group, why should we be punished as adults, ur 17 can u buy cigarettes...no, y because ur not an adult...at 18 can u buy beer, no ur an adult y not then, i can risk my life at 18 for the army but no i cant be a drinker, the world is messed up and at 18 is an adult not 17, 16, 15
  • chima (View Email) on November 21, 2005 at 12:34 PM
    juveniles should not be tried as adults because the are not mature enough to undersatnd the consequences of their action.
  • jean (View Email) on November 25, 2005 at 11:19 PM
    juveniles arent mature enough to understand the consequences of their actions??? HORSECRAP! if a juvenile knows how to kill someone, they better be prepared for what is coming to them.
  • Tiffany (View Email) on November 29, 2005 at 1:37 PM
    I think that any juvenile who can commit a crime, should be responsible enough to take any consequence that may arise. I am a 16 year old high school student, a friend of mine has recently gotten into trouble. He stole a car and wrecked it, causing 3 young teenagers to die. They courts here in Ohio are trying to try him as an adult, and i think that since he stole the car, and he wrecked the car, he needs to be given most effective detention possible. Juveniles definetely should be tried as adults when they kill someone. Murder is wrong, whether you 15 or 75.
  • sean (View Email) on November 30, 2005 at 8:50 AM
    i agree with you if you commit a crime takke responsible for
  • Katie (View Email) on December 5, 2005 at 11:34 AM
    Yes, teens should be tried as adults because they do the crime they need to do the time. So they can learn from there mistakes.

  • Henry (View Email) on December 5, 2005 at 5:08 PM
    Teens shouldn't be tried as adults. In this article we are only looking at the here and now but what about the past. what may have caused them to do this act against society. alot of background factors are included with this decision. determining what type of background they came from, these acts may be the only things they know. By sending them to jail you are not helping them get over this. You are submitting them to more violence. Many things go on in jail worst than on the streets, taking them to jail would putting them in a worse atmosphere and making them worse. I do believe at the age 18 though they can be tried as an adult but nothing below that.
  • shametra ashley (View Email) on December 6, 2005 at 4:04 PM
    Yes i think juveinles should be tried as an adult because if you are old enough to do the crime then you should be old enough to do the time. Juveniles think just because they're young they could get away with murder or other crimes.Think about if someone close to you was murdered, robbed or was hurt very serverely by a juvenile then would you want that juvenile to be tried as an adult or still as an juvenile? So thats why I feel juveniles should get tried as adults or it will never stop.
  • Aya on December 6, 2005 at 9:45 PM
    Juveniles don’t have the mental capacity that adults do because they are younger and less mature. They have only begun their life whereas adults are much more experienced and ready to make decisions for themselves. They have a major lack of judgment. Why do you think there is an age restriction for movies (PG-13, R), voting (under 18), and driving? The reason there are age restrictions is because juveniles can’t make up their own minds and are greatly influenced by peer pressure. These are just kids that make choices and decisions that they’ll regret later. That’s why juveniles shouldn’t be tried as adults, because they don’t have the same rights that adults do.
  • Brittany (View Email) on December 7, 2005 at 1:02 PM
    I am 17 yrs old, i go to St Amant High and I agree that if a teen is old enough to kill rape or do a horrible thing to someone then he/she should serve the full sentence and not get the easy way out. i mean if you are mature enough to do horrible stuff then you are mature enough to get the punishment!!
  • Meisha (View Email) on December 14, 2005 at 8:23 AM
    A juvenile being sentenced as an adult is perfect, if juveniles are sentenced for what they have done they know their mistakes and to handle the situation differenlty so they dont have to face repacushions. I believe if you what your doing is incorrect and you and you do it anyway you deserve to be punished. You must teach them that they can not get away with malicious acts, you must teach what you preach if you say murder gets you life in jail dont change the sentence because the person is a teen.
  • Keke Yates (View Email) on January 4, 2006 at 12:05 PM
    i think he/she should do full sentences because if they are willing to kill or rape somebody then they should be charged.
  • julie (View Email) on January 8, 2006 at 9:41 PM
    way to go, loved your article!
  • Amber Jay (View Email) on January 9, 2006 at 3:14 PM
    I believe storngly that children should be tried as adults for murder. If you are adult enough to possible think or act upon taking anothers life you should get the maxium penitily (which is death by injection) and that is not possible if they are tried as a juvenile. They are too soft on the kids they could possible get out of jail when they turn 18 or 21, giving them the chence to kill again. If they are tried as an adult there is atleast the chance that they will get life in prision or the death penitly.
  • Daniel (View Email) on January 10, 2006 at 2:42 PM
    No are you retarded lets say if a twelve year kid shoots another kid on accident while they are hunting then he murdered the other kid right... and if he was tried and convicted as an adult then his young life would be ruined an putting that kind of guilt on a kid would be hazardous to his health which could make him prone to commiting suicide seeing as he would feel even regretful there is no way a juvenile should be tried as an adult in any case.
  • coolj on January 18, 2006 at 6:28 PM
    I think minors should not be tried as adults because they are not as smart in making in making decisions for themselves. Even if going to jail at a very young age, it doesn't mean that they will stop committing murder after getting out.
  • saiyd (View Email) on January 23, 2006 at 1:57 AM
    every body who believes we should try kids as adults is stupid. everything the child learns he/she learns from an adult so why blame the child. we need to take or focus off the child and put it on the people who is giving the child the rehabilitation. if they are doing there job four years for a child should be plenty of time for rehabilitation. Most people dont understand because they never been in that situation so they have no right to comment. I child is to immature to be making a life long decision to kill somebody. so why punish them for their immaturity.
  • freesac (View Email) on January 24, 2006 at 2:32 PM
    yes they should be tried for adults becouse they do a miner crime they should just tried the juveniles
  • BRITTANY* (View Email) on January 24, 2006 at 3:44 PM
    i think that if you think your old enough to do the crime then your old enough to do the time.
  • bre on January 27, 2006 at 2:28 PM
    i think that they should be tried as an adult because if they are old enough to pick up a gun or whatever, they know right from wrong.
  • jennifer on February 7, 2006 at 8:26 PM
    i think they shouldnt be tried as adults. because imagine you a teenager with people going crszy around you. plus you wont get any education there.
  • David (View Email) on February 15, 2006 at 1:47 PM
    I think that kids should be tryed as adults
  • Jasmine July (View Email) on February 16, 2006 at 9:16 AM
    I think that children should not be tryed as adults but there should be some kind of punishment that wolud let them know that what they did is wrong.
  • ali harkins (View Email) on February 16, 2006 at 9:54 AM
    teens should be treid as adults. even if they aren't adults if they know how to do the crime then they are old enough to do the time. i went through alot of things too. my dad went to jail when he was 20. but if a kid the that crime they would just get away with. consequences help kids learn not to do it again beacuse if i didn't get a consequence then i just would care and do that same thing again.
  • chiki (View Email) on February 17, 2006 at 1:45 PM
    yea
  • Christin (View Email) on February 21, 2006 at 11:36 AM
    I do believe that Juveniles should be tried as adults in certain cases. In cases involving crimes against the person meaning rape, robbery, murder, etc, Juveniles should be tried as adults. As far as drug crimes or other smaller violations, I think they should be tried as juvenile the first time or two. After more than two times, this basically shows that they are not learning their lesson and are basically a repeat offender and should be tried as an adult from then on out. For minor infractions I believe that a juvenile should be afforded the oppurtunity to "redeem" themselves because I honestly believe that everyone makes mistakes.
  • Candyse (View Email) on February 21, 2006 at 7:00 PM
    I am doing a report on this and I think they should be able to get tried as adults because age is just a number and teens know what they are doing. The 16 and 17 year olds they can get away with being triend as a teen but now more of them are being tried as adults.
  • michael (View Email) on February 23, 2006 at 2:52 AM
    juveniles should be charged as adults for violent crimes. i don't want to put my reasons cuz i will be debating this soon and i shouldnt give everything away. i'll just say its cuz they play their music too loud kthx
  • Amber rose (View Email) on February 28, 2006 at 2:55 PM
    I do belive that juvenile should b tried as adults in some cases. I do belive that if a juvenile murders some one they should get the same punishment as in adults. Just because they're young and they spent 2-7 yeasr in jail, it doesnt mean they wont do it again.
  • Kayla (View Email) on March 2, 2006 at 6:01 PM
    A juvenile is not only a teen what about a 10 year old?
  • Mary Jane Again (View Email) on March 2, 2006 at 9:02 PM
    The way I look at it juveniles SHOULD be tried as adults in CERTIAN situations. Why do I think this? Well as young children growing up we learn that killing is wrong, not only this but we ALSO learn that if you kill someone you go to jail and ge tthe punishment. Teens know that if they kill someone they will be going to jail. Not only this, but teens are well aware of what goes on in jail and how horrid it is. We know what will happens. The only problem with teens and "not knowing the consequences" is not knowing HOW severe the consequences would be. The thing is as far as the severity, adults who have never been to jail don't know the severity either. Kids are pressued to do bad things by they're peers, however they know what they are doing. Not only this but when put in a Juvenile correction center teens are put around peers that have found NOTHING wrong with commiting the same crime. They are more likely to be influenced in juvi then in jail. I hagve several friends who have gotten in trouble and have been sent to juvi and it is viewed as a joke. Kids see how simple it is to get off easy and take advantage of it. You see teens EVERDAY saying they are mature enough and adult enought to make their own decisions when talking with parents, then they change their story when they've done something wrong. We make decisions regaurding our furture everyday and they are serious decisions, we do have experience with actions and consequences. Besides this, they get out WAY fast. Do we really want someone who has KILLED and hasn't even had enough time to think about EVERYTHING to be put back on the streetsto kill again? Show them what the REAL consequence is. That's just my opinion though.
  • chase on March 5, 2006 at 4:22 PM
    no all were doing by putting them in jail in adult prisons is givin caught child milesters a chance to do it in prison
  • Ashlee Yarkey (View Email) on March 7, 2006 at 6:17 PM
    heelo, we are debating this in school. i go to summit christian academy and in the 8th grade i would like more of your opinions on this subject.
    I agree with you!
  • Billy Jean (View Email) on March 8, 2006 at 9:49 AM
    I believe juveniles should be tried as adults, depending on the severity of the crime... crimes such as sexual assault, battery, or murder should get the same punishments that an adult would. I disagree with the thought that they should be placed in adult prison facilities. I do not feel that is safe for the juveniles to be placed with the adults. As stated before, they are molested, harassed, and can possibly be negatively influenced by the nature of the adults.
  • haydee (View Email) on March 9, 2006 at 2:21 AM
    I personally believe having trialed a juvenile as an adult can actually be more harmfull to him. The eight amendment states no cruel or unusual punishment should be done. This perfectly ties to this since having put a child in an adult prison is not usual, no matter what the crie was. If not then why would you need to have 2 different prisons if at the end everyone is trying to put juveniles in jail with adults. They also have the risk of having been molested in there, which is un cruel punishment, two wrongs dont do a right...
  • MelissalovesSteve on March 12, 2006 at 4:55 PM
    If you can commit an "adult crime" you should do the "adult time"
  • Josh Bullock (View Email) on March 12, 2006 at 11:15 PM
    I am in 10th grade at Millard West High School, and I affirm the resolution that violent juvenile offenders should be tried as adults. These kids know what they're doing, and from a public standpoint- utilitarianism should be applied as a criterion. The value in this is justice, and w/o these violent juveniles being sentenced fairly, social legitimacy cannot be applied to this. Though some juveniles are tried as adults, this is based upon public appeasement, which is judicially illegitimate!
  • jacob (View Email) on March 13, 2006 at 10:25 AM
    there is a term sentance called juvenile life where the juvenile serves time until age 21 and then serves time in an adult facility afterwards.
    anyway, in some cases, juveniles deserve to be tried as an adult. in other cases, DA or CA (district, or commonwelth attourneys) will try to give juveniles with non-violent crimes, such as breaking and entering and grand larceny, adult sentances, this is a case where juveniles need not to be tried as adults.
  • Tony (View Email) on March 13, 2006 at 11:52 AM
    I was thinking about reading all the comments, but I gave up. I agree with mr. Chan taht for the serious crimes, assault, murder, manslaughter, large robberies, (not just petty thieving)... you get it. And as for the child molesting thing... if they're hard-core enough to kill, assault, and rape people, they can stand up for themselves.
  • Tony (View Email) on March 13, 2006 at 11:55 AM
    Sorry, I'm going to bore you all again.
    On the topic of one mistake costing their whole life... what's the one mistake... ending someone else's. We're supposed to be empathetic for them? Sure...
  • jacob (View Email) on March 15, 2006 at 10:26 AM
    hey, anybody who is really interested in this topic, or has more information, email me because im writing a argumentative/persuasive essay on this for college composition.
    thanks
    peace
  • morgan (View Email) on March 16, 2006 at 11:44 AM
    well my friend was charged as a adult on all of his charges but he was arrested still a juvineille...shuld he be charged as a dult altho he was arrested as a teen ager still?.....i dont get it!
  • briana (View Email) on March 23, 2006 at 10:59 AM
    hey, i'm writing a case for debate and any info or stories would help me bunney1421@yahoo.com thanks
  • deanna ayala (View Email) on April 1, 2006 at 2:49 PM
    i can beleive some ting klike that can happen what is this world coming to . any thing can happen now
  • Kem (View Email) on April 6, 2006 at 8:48 PM
    I believe that if juveniles do the crime, they should do the time.They know right from wrong.They know what doing crimes lead to. It leads to prison. So, they can deal with it in prison and that's how I feel about the situation.
  • Amanda (View Email) on April 7, 2006 at 11:21 AM
    juveniles should not be tried as adults no matter what! the juvenile system is for juveniles and the adult system is for adults. if you lock up a 15yr old with murderers, rapists, and robbers, what do you think he will grow up to be? not anything much more than he was when he went in. juvneile system on the other hand is rehabilitation focused which mean if a 17yr old kid is put in he has at least 4 years focused on rehabilitaion and education.
    please email me back with your comments i am doing a debate for school and i need some arguements or agreements. thanx
  • Faith (View Email) on April 7, 2006 at 12:25 PM
    I think that juveniles who commit violent crimes should be tried as adults because of that fact that there have been so many times that where juveniles have gotten off scott free for nothing.
  • Winona (View Email) on April 11, 2006 at 1:50 PM
    So, we do not let them vote, buy cigarettes or drink because we do not believe they have the capability to judge who is the correct candidate, whether smoking cigarettes is safe, and how to control the effects of alcohol. They are under the jurisdiction, for the most part of an adult or several adults. They are told what to do, when to do it and how to do it. If they make a wrong decision, sometimes a horribly wrong decision, they are immediately considered old enough to have used adult judgement in the situation. Where are the parents? Where is society. A child, emphasis on child, who id found guilty of heimous crimes is organically or enviromentally altered. Perhaps the governemnt should remove young children form thier families and raise them in tight moral environments until they are deemed psychologically ready to enter society? We prosecute under laws they are not even old enough to vote for or against. They are victims of thier own parents, a incresingly indiffernet educational system, and a society afraid to spend time with anyone under the age of eighteen. Yet, these same adults make millions exploiting inappropriate music, inappropriate clothing, and inappropriate media. These youthful defenders do not even choose thier own defense lawyers. Outof fear, qult and indifference, we are creating a generation of selfish, immoral, and apathetic offenders. Of course, the only solution is to lock them up, give them no treatment or education, raise them by inhumane, uneducated prison guards and house them with older more experienced offenders.
  • amanda (View Email) on April 11, 2006 at 2:52 PM
    to faith, juveniles don't get off scott free if they kill someone. right now some are being thrown in with adults. it just give those sex offenders someone to have sex with which is what they are in there for in the first place. minors get locked up in juvenile courts if they killed someone and they are charged as a juvenile. the only difference is that they dont get abused and sexually harassed in a juvenile facility. some people have told me, well if they have killed someone they deserve sexual abuse or whatever it may be, but they dont. NOBODY DESRVES TO BE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED OR TO FEEL LIKE LIFE IS NOTHING ANYMORE!!
  • Mike (View Email) on April 18, 2006 at 3:10 PM
    I think juvennials should be tried as an adult because their know different from an adult
  • Teneshia Hanson (View Email) on May 1, 2006 at 1:53 PM
    I think minors should be tried as adults for crimes that they decide to do. There is no age limit or group.Youths get away with enough as it is.
  • Tinkerbelle (View Email) on May 5, 2006 at 2:07 PM
    Kids should never be locked in adult prisons. thats a crime itself. The kids can face so many hardships and horrible things.
  • Tinkerbelle (View Email) on May 7, 2006 at 4:28 PM
    what if the child has an alterior motive behind the crime. They could be forced into it some how or are facing psychological problems. kids that enter the adult prisons are verbally, physically, and emotionally beaten down. can yall honestly say you'd want to see a seven year old behind bars for assualt? that child would be raped. just like all the other kids in prison. no lie yall they are being raped/beaten. they should be held in a juvenile detention center and re-evaluated at age 18.
  • Tiffany Hancock on May 9, 2006 at 9:11 AM
    Itotaly agree even though i am 12 i agree
  • bob (View Email) on May 9, 2006 at 9:37 AM
    hello people!!!!!!!!!!!
    do not fear! bob is here!
  • siera (View Email) on May 9, 2006 at 9:56 AM
    i say that it depends and for no reason do i think no child should be subject to be in a jail with adult crimnal mentally they are nit i don't care what crime they committed
  • imax luvr on May 10, 2006 at 12:05 PM
    ummmm i think that teens should be tryed as adults depending on the crime love ya imax
  • Amanda Duval (View Email) on June 4, 2006 at 10:50 PM
    I was joking lol not funny sorry
  • Lisa (View Email) on September 27, 2006 at 9:09 AM
    I do think that depending on age, should determine the time a murderer does in jail... but in these days, in our society today the youth is not all to blame! They have to take after someone. As for the sniper thats just pure mental problems. Some don't have the intent some do...but if the child is under the age of 16 the maximum they can do is 15 to life anyway, but they could also plea on insanity and get less...
  • brooke.. (View Email) on November 28, 2006 at 8:37 PM
    I think teens should be tried as adults for violent crimes. I'm 16 years old and I am fully aware of what I can and can not do according to the law. I dont understand how a 15 year old can murder someone and the justice system just takes it lightly b/c he/she is under 18. It doesnt matter you commit the crime you can sit in prison and think about. Lifes about the choices you make. . . . .
  • Drew (View Email) on December 8, 2006 at 12:30 PM
    I agree with lisa, we can't put all of the blame on the youth alone. Most minors who have gang relations do so because they have nothing,or no one, else. I believe that they should be tried and punished, but not to an extreme level.....
  • robby brooks (View Email) on December 12, 2006 at 12:44 PM
    i think all of the people that gave coments should be shot cause juveniles shoudnt be sent to prison
  • TEASER (View Email) on January 19, 2007 at 11:53 AM
    Not to be rude but I think this article was beyond STUPID!No child should get sent to an adult prison for whatever crime they commited. Your right about saying age doesn't excuse them from facing the consequences of their ations but that doesn't mean you have the power to send them to get hurt by adults. Atleast give them their time if its 10,20,30...years but send them to adult prisons until they actually turn into adults which is at the age of 18. I have a close personal aquantance of mine that commited a crime that involve firing an armed weapon but it wasn't murder because he didnt kill anyone yet they trialed him as an adult at the age of 15 and sent him to an adult correctional facility for 20 years.That means he's getting out until he turns "35". I think that isn't fair at all they took it too far.Sending a minor to adult prison is like sending them to go die. If an adult doing time see's that a child is coming to stay with them for a long time, theyre going to take advantage. They see a weak little pray that they can mess with and theyre not going to hesitate to go for it.I hope you can understand where Im coming from and what Im trying to say. I hope you can get back to me on this.Thank you for your time
  • Tiffany (View Email) on February 2, 2007 at 11:27 AM
    I agree with the fact that juveniles should be sentenced as an adult depending on what crime has been committed. Unfortunately, I was encountered by a juvenile (while pumping gas) who held two firearms to my head demanding that I give him my cellphone. Once he noticed my 5 yr old daughter in the back seat he removed one of the firearms from me and pointed it in her face (window was rolled down). However my child endured months of crying spells, nightmares and nose bleeds. He received 5 yrs in an adult prison and I was somewhat satisfied. So with enough said, juveniles should be trialed as adults, it just depend on the crime committed.
  • teenager/gang member (View Email) on February 2, 2007 at 5:09 PM
    I think this tripping cause he might have been picked when he was younger. I'm a minor age 17 and i often see adults taking out their personal issues on kids cause he kid might remind them of the "bully" in their generation
  • Aaron (View Email) on February 5, 2007 at 5:26 PM
    i think this article was great and it was just what i was looking for. For teaser your friend shouldnt have fired a fire arm in the first place and him getting of jail when hes 35 is fair it was his stupid mistake in the first place.
  • Erin (View Email) on February 5, 2007 at 11:39 PM
    Well, I've been doing this research paper at school, and I have came to the conclusion that yes i think teens should be tried as adults. Okay ask yourself, someone was 17 and murdered your best friend, or mom, or who ever, then they were tried as adults, they would get out as soon as they turn 21. And i don't know about you, but I don't think that is long enough for a murderer.
  • Wu-Tang (View Email) on February 12, 2007 at 7:21 PM
    i think there are some situations when a minor should be tried as an adult like someone involved with a violent crime because take the case with Duncan he killed 3 people and raped 2 letting one little girl live. But when he was 17 he was tried for sexualy assualting a girl of 13 but he was tried as a juvenile but if he would have been tried as an adult he would have never gotten out in the first place to repeat his crime.

    ohh and teaser ure a liar
  • DanyelleGray (View Email) on February 14, 2007 at 3:32 PM
    i think if you've commited a murder, sexually assulted, or abused someone you should at least be locked up a year or two. Even if you're younger then 18.
  • Katey (View Email) on February 15, 2007 at 9:50 AM
    this article was just what i needed for my junior speech. I'm 16 and as a juvenile let me tell you, we're not stupid, so don't let us tell you we're too young to know any better. We're not. We know what we are doing, we just dont want to go to jail and face the music. So please don't start telling us that we can commit crimes and its okay because we're young. It's not. We do the crime, we do the time...
    does anyone remember that?
    im not saying that all punishments are fair. Some go way too far, but what about the ones that don't go far enough?
  • Azteca (View Email) on February 16, 2007 at 1:35 PM
    I think that any juvenile knows what they are getting in to so they go to take responsobility for their actions.
  • Eddie on March 4, 2007 at 9:39 PM
    I'm 15 and personally juveniles are just trying to work the system in their favor. Juveniles aren't stupid, they just do anything that they know they can get away with. Juveniles have to take responsibility for their actions.
  • joann (View Email) on March 7, 2007 at 5:12 PM
    no because one happens to be my brother
  • marissa on March 12, 2007 at 4:11 PM
    well, my true opinion is that kids shouldnt get tried as adults because they should have a second chance in life. love ya peoples
  • Jsmelia Sanders (View Email) on March 19, 2007 at 10:12 AM
    in my opinion i think juveniles 15 ans under should not be tried as adults because even though age ain't nothin but a number u never know what people go through in life and by putting them in jail with out anything would't, make it beeter or help them in there time of need. that's the problem with society today we dont take time with and get along with each other and that's why crime will never end.
  • christina (View Email) on March 26, 2007 at 10:07 AM
    well i think that teens should be tried as adults depending on what they do i get sick of seein all the teens doin all this really bad stuff and gettn like a year or two in juvinlie or somethin u know what i mean.....well ya ok well ttyl love ya lots.... ChRiStInA MaRiE...!!!!
  • Taylor F (View Email) on April 4, 2007 at 11:17 AM
    I love Ron.C!!!!!

    and no i dont think kids should be tried as adults
  • nick (View Email) on April 4, 2007 at 12:27 PM
    i dont tink they shiuld be repsonsible for the full pirce ithink they should get a second chance and if they cros then they will have to pay full responsibility
  • Jr (View Email) on April 19, 2007 at 6:00 PM
    Well because im doing a debate on weather or not juveniles be tried as adults it is well to me that for serious crimes like murder and rape they should be tried as adults.They should be responsible for their own acts.
  • lizzles (View Email) on April 24, 2007 at 8:36 AM
    depending on what the crime is. i personally know what it would be like to be tried and punished as an adult i am presently on standard probation for controlled substances and i know how hard it would be if i got myself into worse trouble or if i got tried as an adult the crimes would probably be worse but like i said depending on what the crime is
  • Dejan (View Email) on April 24, 2007 at 3:32 PM
    I think that the “there too young to process there minds to think.” Is stupid. Anyone over the age of 12 knows what they are doing before they do it. Do you honestly think that a 15 year old is going to pull the nerve and mentallity to multiply stab someone in the back without realising their action? No. They know what they intended and just didn’t care. So please before anyone says that they can be changed to enjoy the rest of their lives so they don’t miss out. What about the ones they destroyed?
    Dejan, Aged 13 Belgrade, Serbia
  • jack (View Email) on May 2, 2007 at 9:11 PM
    Im doing a project and i was wondering how many people suport trying minors as adults and i was wondering if you suport it.
  • athena (View Email) on May 4, 2007 at 11:05 AM
    Hii my name is athena and i don't support trying minors as adults. I am also doing a project and i was wondering if anybody out there that does not support it (like me) could email me why and maybe i could get in touch with you sometime.
  • Tina (View Email) on May 6, 2007 at 6:22 PM
    I don't suppot trying minors as adults as well. I am doing a report and a presentation on the issue and was wondering does anyone have any information on why they do not support trying minors as adult. If you do you can email me.
  • kmb (View Email) on May 14, 2007 at 10:53 AM
    i believe that the children should b tried as adults if the crime is bad or, murder!
  • Ryan (View Email) on May 24, 2007 at 9:23 PM
    I think that the death penalty should be enforced for kids this age. I'm 16, and have felt like I want to kill people, but I have the restraint.

    However, if they seem apologetic, a long prison sentence would be more appropriate.

    For those that seem unaffected by their crime, and repeat offenders, DEATH. God have mercy upon these teens....because I won't.
  • cody (View Email) on June 3, 2007 at 3:06 PM
    i dont think they should be tried as adults because if they were brought up bad by their parents then they most likely want to be BAD! do if you could put them into something a little like rehab and if they do not work in their then they should be put in jail. i agree with the 21 age though i think they should be put in there longer than that according to their sentence.
  • William (View Email) on June 28, 2007 at 9:49 AM
    what in gods name is ryan saying no kids should not get the death peanalty i agree with cody most of the times its the parents fault
  • sharelle (View Email) on August 22, 2007 at 12:01 PM
    I feel that it shouldn't matter how the parents raised the child he or she has their own mind to do right and they are old enough to know right from wrong it's common sense to know whether killing someone is wrong or not.
  • Matthew Jones (View Email) on November 1, 2007 at 8:11 PM
    Mr. Chan,


    I agree with you whole heartedly with your perspective on this issue. I was doing a paper on this very same issue when I came across this website. I was very impressed with the way you stated your facts, and it is nice to see someone who thinks very conservatively in their approach. I find it both revolting and ridiculous that this increasingly liberal society is willing to be more lenient of juveniles for the mere reason that they are not adults, and therefore can not be tried as adults because they are children and don't know any better. Anyone who commits a serious adult crime, whether child or adult, should be treated with the same equality that th law should impose. It is not right for us to make exceptions to children because they aren't adults. You make a valid point in stating that juveniles can be tried in juvenile courts instead of adult courts, and the max sentence they can recieve is staying in a juvenile facility until they are twenty one, does that remotely sound like a punishment fit for a crime committed. Everyone, no matter who they are, should be treated under the same scrutiny of the law that everyone else who commits a serious crime is treated by. Thanks for posting this article, it is nice to see a like minded individual.
  • patricia (View Email) on November 5, 2007 at 12:47 PM
    I think if a quote unquote child kills someone he should be tried as an adult. Losing a child to youth violence. It hurts, it leaves you as helpless as a child. There should be no pity for these quote un quote children. I am a mother of a child murdered by a 17 year old for his coat and his watch. Shot not once not twice but three times,and left drowning in his own blood and yet we say what children should be tried as an adult. I am being tried everyday triying to live. I am the victim. Those quote un quote parents can still visit them in jail, I can only visit my child at a cold cemetary. Death is real and it hurts the survivals like me.
  • Angie (View Email) on November 19, 2007 at 9:09 PM
    I can't say I support trying minors as an adult, as parent we have to realize that we do play a big role on our kids life's and what they do or think. And nobody stops to think what they've done wrong for this kids to cause so much harm to others, or what this kid's life could of been while growing up, they could of been raped, beating by their parents or threaten, so think what do you think is going thru this child mind. is more then obvious that they have hate among the world because of all they have been thru, and a lot of times I think that is not because they don't like some one else I think is more envy because they can't stand how other kids are loved by their parents and sibilings and how their life is all happiness. Just think whether you have a child that was murdered by another child, or your child is the murdered, in a way I think is very pain full to know that you will no longer see you child grow up and see how his/her life could of have been, but if it was your kid in jail just imagine how many things they have to deal with in jail........so knowing that is very pain full not being able to see your child ever again or see them suffer in jail?
  • angie (View Email) on November 19, 2007 at 9:11 PM
    I can't say I support trying minors as an adult, as parent we have to realize that we do play a big role on our kids life's and what they do or think. And nobody stops to think what they've done wrong for this kids to cause so much harm to others, or what this kid's life could of been while growing up, they could of been raped, beating by their parents or threaten, so think what do you think is going thru this child mind. is more then obvious that they have hate among the world because of all they have been thru, and a lot of times I think that is not because they don't like some one else I think is more envy because they can't stand how other kids are loved by their parents and sibilings and how their life is all happiness. Just think whether you have a child that was murdered by another child, or your child is the murdered, in a way I think is very pain full to know that you will no longer see you child grow up and see how his/her life could of have been, but if it was your kid in jail just imagine how many things they have to deal with in jail........so knowing that is very pain full not being able to see your child ever again or see them suffer in jail?
  • rylon brady (View Email) on November 26, 2007 at 10:36 AM
    CHILDEREN ARE NEVER ADULTS!!!
  • candace (View Email) on November 27, 2007 at 8:33 PM
    Of course they shouldnt be tried as an adult if we do we might as well say they're old enough to drink alcohol, smoke, and vote
  • justin a on November 29, 2007 at 9:19 PM
    I am a minior and I know right from worng so to those people who say that teens do not reason things out or that we do not comprehend the severity of crims, I say that you just are trying to cover things up because you do not want to face the fact that some teens are murders and not little kids anymore.
  • justin a on November 29, 2007 at 9:21 PM
    I am a minior and I know right from worng so to those people who say that teens do not reason things out or that we do not comprehend the severity of crims, I say that you just are trying to cover things up because you do not want to face the fact that some teens are murders and not little kids anymore.
  • jared (View Email) on December 5, 2007 at 8:23 PM
    Children should be tried as adults because if they know how to load a gun or know how to use a weapon then they know what they are doing and know whats right from wrong. :P
  • Angie (View Email) on December 11, 2007 at 7:58 PM
    So how about all the cases where us parents leave the gun loaded and our children get a hold of them, who do you thinks fault it was the child or the parent? First of all children should not even have access to a fire gun, but as parents what are some of the toys we buy for them "guns" so maybe we should think first on what we are teaching them.
  • Jon F (View Email) on December 13, 2007 at 2:24 PM
    I am currently a college student engaged in a class debate concerning this matter. I fully support the idea that minors should be tried as adults when they need to be. Gone are the days when kids only knew things that thier parents wanted to know. Nowadays, any kid with an internet connection can find ways to make weapons, dangerous items and even adult content so to say that kids should not be tried as adults is absolutely heinous. The court cases stated above are perfect reasons why juveniles should be tried as adults and if you are too blind to see that some minors have no more innocence left in them and are mature enough to contemplate and execute crimes such as this, then they deserve to suffer the consequences of the judicial system.
  • kim (View Email) on December 13, 2007 at 7:37 PM
    yea
  • daniela (View Email) on December 14, 2007 at 11:52 AM
    Sincerely, I fully support the idea that minors should be tried as adults when they need to be, first of all children should not even have access to a fire gun, we should think first on what we are teaching them children, but of course they shouldnt be tried as an adult either they might as well say they're old enough to drink alcohol, smoke, and vote. It isnt fair for them to.....but sincerely i don't know....it depends on the damages.
  • Sarah (View Email) on December 14, 2007 at 1:07 PM
    i have two friends who recently commited a series of crimes that have got them into a lot of trouble
    they are both in juvie right now and are being charged
    one is being charged with burglary, grand theft auto and animal cruelty
    the other is just being charged with burglary and accessory...

    they say that they were not aware of the crimes they were commiting due to the fact that they were on drugs at the time
    but they were aware cuz they both talked to me about it consiously

    one is being let out this week, but the other is in there for quite a while

    although he is my best friend i believe that he should be tried as an adult because he commited crimes that he was able to understand were against the law
  • Maria Barajas (View Email) on December 20, 2007 at 5:09 PM
    Does proposition 21 work for these youth criminals?
  • jose (View Email) on April 13, 2008 at 8:10 PM
    they should be tried as adults depending on the type of crime they have committed.
  • sweetness on December 18, 2008 at 11:54 PM
    The youth justice code exists for a REASON, to protect young offenders. Should this be subject to the opinion of a judge? If youths can be sentenced as adults, why do we have a young offenders act at all? Obviously some thought went into its development.
  • Annmarie (View Email) on March 25, 2009 at 2:18 AM
    Juveniles who take someones life should be tried as adults. That's the way they start out, when their young, then they graduate to more serious crimes. If you let them do a few years in Juve, they will get out and someone else will die. Maybe a kid, or a Mother. If he does a few short years, that is a crime in itself. Believe the kids don't learn anything nice in kiddie jail. Some may become institualize. And their are more drugs in the joint then outside, so if you want to sleep tonight,keep those Monstors off the STREET!!!
  • chenia on November 18, 2009 at 2:36 PM
    teens should be tried as adults they know what they are doing they are just trying to seem obtuse.
  • Tabatha (View Email) on December 2, 2009 at 8:49 PM
    depending on what crime the person made and how old they are and that persons mental capasoty should reflect on if that person should be tried as an adult. if the person murdered someone or attempted they should be tried as an adult no matter what. the juvenile punisment should be alot harsher than what it is now. people sometimes do change and children are not who they will be when they are 30 or 40, then again they also could be. i am not for nor am i against minors being tried as adults. it just depends on what they had done
  • look here on April 14, 2010 at 11:27 AM
    i think children should be tried as adults but they shou8ld have a slight bit less punish ment then people over 18 do
  • Cresha on April 26, 2010 at 3:57 PM
    I agree, Children Should Definitely be tried as adults, "treating violent juveniles as adults sends a message that age does not excuse them from facing the consequences of their actions."
  • SPONGEBOB on October 7, 2010 at 1:38 PM
    HJHJHJHJ
  • jamea bonner on January 24, 2011 at 10:20 AM
    I think that juveniles should be tried as adults because they know what they are doing when they decide to go out the and commit a crime.and it is fair because when the go out in the streets and plan to hurt someone it is someones child.and u can't tell them nothing.but when they get behind bars they'll listen to u then....
  • krystal (View Email) on April 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM
    i think it depends on the "child" and his/her age and how they grew up. a person who grows up around violence may feel that the only way to servive is through violence.
  • corey on February 27, 2012 at 1:49 PM
    if a juvenile at the age of 14 and up commits a violent crime, hell yes they should be tried the exact same way as an adult should. do i think the should get the same sentencing? NO, but they still need to be tried as adults. i see it as if there old enough to commit such a violent crime they know the consequences along with them knowing exactly what is going on at the moment they commit the crime.
  • billy on March 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM
    roughly 2,300 people are behind bars for life with no change of freedom for crimes thay committed befor thier 18th birthday. seventy-nine of them are in prison for crimes they took place when they were 14 or younger. juveniles should not be tried as adults
  • joelbattle (View Email) on June 27, 2012 at 2:18 PM
    boo hoo they made the choice to do what they wanted to do
  • Paige (View Email) on October 1, 2013 at 7:26 PM
    I am doing researce for my focus class and I am a rebuttleist for the negitive side gor this point. As I am only a middle schooler you may believe that my opinion dosnt matter, but I will still exspress myelf. This site is incredibley irritating. It states "Should Juveniles be Tried as Adults?" with a question mark. It make you believe it will exspress both points, but it clearly dosn't. This may be a credible source, but dosnt exsplore both points which is extremly frustrating for me.
  • Kellie on December 1, 2013 at 7:40 PM
    Juveniles should not be charged as adults for if they go to a jail they can learn even more violent crimes from felons.
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