“In the law a juvenile is defined as a person who is not old enough to be held responsible for criminal acts.” (“Juvenile Law”). Juveniles are not adults therefore they should not be treated like they are an adult. Most adults’ brains are fully developed and should have a different consequence than a juvenile whose brain is nowhere near fully developed. Juvenile delinquency can be resolved before any serious act takes place, or after a violent felony is committed. Whichever way the juvenile is helped there are plenty of ways to help juveniles prepare themselves for their future of becoming an adult, and the consequences that come with actions. There are many reasons why juveniles should be treated differently than adults in the criminal justice system.
Many things can separate a juvenile from an adult; not just generally, but mentally as well. Juvenile’s brains are not developed as much as an adult’s brain is. If a juvenile is treated differently than they can receive rehabilitation rather than being treated like an adult and getting charged like one. Most juveniles take after an adult. Juveniles have a role model and it tends to be an adult that’s in their life. This person can influence them whether it is a good or a bad influence is up to the adult and the way the juvenile interprets things. An adult can help save a juvenile from making the wrong decision or can be the one to make the juvenile make the wrong decision. Any type of wrong decision can be counted against a juvenile or adult, but how they are charged should be completely different.
Juveniles should not be charged like an adult is when they commit a violent felony. They do deserve some kind of punishment for their act, but nothing as severe as an adult would be charged with is necessary. A juvenile’s brain is not fully developed to that of an adult. According to Discovery Fit and Health teenagers brains are only 80% developed. (“Discovery Health”) The regular human brain does not usually fully develop until the age of mid-twenties, or even early thirties. (“Discovery Health”) Juveniles, especially teenagers, are influenced by their elders. If an adult does something wrong around a juvenile the juvenile might think that what that person did is okay, therefore they may reenact what that adult did. This would be an unintentional act of a wrong, and it should not be the juveniles fault. Juveniles are very aware of their surroundings and they remember a lot of what they are told. (“Discovery Health”)
If a juvenile was charged as an adult when they commit a violent felony there wouldn’t be any rehabilitation. If a juvenile is treated like a juvenile should be there would be rehabilitation...