Juvenile crime

             Should Juveniles be Tried as Adults?
             Violent crimes are committed in the United States
             everyday. Almost one-half of them are committed by
             teenagers ages 13 through 17 ("End of Line" 484). After the
             crimes have been committed and the lives of these children
             have been radically changed, society often demands that
             those who commit violent crimes be tried as adults, rather
             Juveniles should be given light sentences and a second
             chance to return to the streets. Trying these teens as
             adults unjust and unfair, there other alternatives that our
             society can turn to, to help make our communities better
             places to live. We need to realize that children are our
             future, and we throwing their future away. We also need to
             ask ourselves if we should possibly be punishing these kids
             for not having stability in our homes, which is not their
             Growing up in America today can be a very traumatic
             experience facing many pressures and trials. The youngest
             generation looks up to the teenagers for guidance but what
             kind of example are today's teenagers many concerned parents
             ask. There could be a much better example if the justice
             system did not let them get away with so many violent
             crimes. When a juvenile commits a crime he has a trial in a
             juvenile court. The basic idea behind the juvenile court is
             guardianship, the states acting for the welfare of children.
             "The jurisdiction and procedure of the juvenile court have
             been primarily chancery or equity rather than criminal
             In a May 1987 issue of Business Week followed up on a
             case when a 16 year old boy brutally raped and murdered a
             26 year old woman in front of her two children ages four and
             six. After the woman was dead the young man proceeded to
             shoot the children. The children were not killed, but now
             live with the horrifying memory of their mothers brutal
             death. To make this story even more heart-crushing t

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