A. Did you know that just about every juvenile offender who has a past criminal history, or is arrested for a violent crime like rape or murder, is tried in an adult court? 1. According to a non-profit organization called Equal Justice Iniative there are over 2200 juveniles nationwide who have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 2. Children as young as 13 years of age have been tried as adults and sentenced to die in prison, typically without any consideration of their age or circumstances of the offense. 3. Much controversy exists on the question of whether a juvenile criminal should be punished to the same extent as an adult.
4. How would you feel if someone in your family was brutally murdered by an adolescent and the murderer received a mere slap on the wrist by the justice system? B. Today, I am going to inform you about juveniles being tried as adults 1. First, I will talk about why our youth of today are being tried as adults, and sentenced to adult prisons. 2. Next, I will discuss some effects of this problem
3. And lastly, I will inform you about some of the solutions to this problem. II. Why are our youth of today being charged as adults and sentenced to adult prisons A. Every state allows children under 16 to be tried as adults, but new research indicates that many cannot understand their situations well enough to aid their defense. B. Forty one states currently have laws that make it easier to try a juvenile that has committed a violent crime and is over the age of 14 as an adult. 1. According to Anderson, David C. 2005. "When Should Kids Go to Jail?" The American Prospect (May-June). In 2000 Texas lowered the age a juvenile could be tried as adult from 15 to 14 years of age. Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana also have laws setting the minimum age a juvenile can be tried as an adult to 14 years old. 2. At age fourteen the...