Our "Messed Up" Juvenile Law System

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Nowadays, the topic of the Juvenile law system is a very controversial as well as difficult discussion to have. For every court case, trial, and scenario, there are many different circumstances that may affect the outcome. Due to the seriousness of their crimes or even their past offenses, juvenile criminals can sometimes be tried as adults. Personally, in the beginning of this assignment, I could see both sides of the argument. There are many reasons why children under the age of 18 should be tried as children, however, there are more proficient reasons as to why we should do away with juvenile court. Many of my peers do not think this, however, they are keen on keeping children tried as ...view middle of the document...

The major defense that supporters of the juvenile law system make is that individuals under the age of 25 have not fully developed. This means that their brain is not yet fully competent to understand their decisions. How is it that they are not mentally competent enough to understand their actions, but yet they are competent enough to pull the trigger? They are competent enough to bash someone’s head in? Yet we say, “They are not competent yet”. Anyone who argues this defense is definitely the one who is not competent. From the day that we sit in a kindergarten classroom, we are taught to keep our hands to ourselves. Yet people argue, “We do not learn that murder is not okay”. From the day we sit down in any classroom, we know that bullying is wrong. So if we know that bullying is wrong, than why on Earth would murder ever be right? From the day that we are old enough to understand English, we are taught that violence is not okay. That we should not commit crimes. We should not rob, kill, do drugs, or drink alcohol. Yet juveniles are not competent? Maybe the people arguing this forgot what it is like to be a juvenile, but I am pretty sure that if you ask any juvenile, the majority of them will agree that crime is not okay. Yet we are incompetent. Oh incompetence, has it truly lost all of its meaning?

When a crime is committed, let’s say a murder, do you think that just because it was committed by a 17 year old, that in anyway lessens the fact of a murder. A murder effects everyone who has ever met that person, gone to school with them, is related to them, or has even seen the story on a news channel. When a crime is committed, someone is always to blame. Let me paint a picture for you. Deena White. She is one of the most popular, nicest, funniest people you could ever meet. She is a senior at Parkland high School and cannot wait for her prom. She has her whole outfit picked out, has been asked to the prom be her boyfriend, and is just so excited. Prom night, Deena gets into a car with her date and is driving to the high school. Her boyfriend took his eyes off of his road for a second and they are hit by an oncoming car. Deena ends up with permanent paralysis and her boyfriend is killed. The person who smashed into Deena’s car was another high schooler headed to the prom. The one difference is that the driver of that car was drinking while driving. The driver of this car was 17 years old. Does that really make a difference? Absolutely not. No matter what age, if a crime is committed, a consequence need to be put into action. Let’s flip the story...

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