Should Minors Be Tried as Adults

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Kimberly Diaz
Professor Garagliano
COMM 101

Should minors who commit serious crimes be charged as an adult?

I. Introduction
A. Attention getter: “Old enough to do the crime, old enough to do the time” B. Credibility: It’s not fair how a minor that commits a serious crime can, in a way, walk away and be given a second chance or even a third chance, which in other areas if an adult committed that same crime they can be locked away for years or even life. C. Relevance: In less than a year I lost two important members of the family one which was a victim of a violent crime at the hands of two minors. Which is why I decided to do my presentation on minors being tried as adults. D. Preview: Today I am going to tell you :

1. If a minor act like an adult they should be treated as an adult 2. No little kid has the malice to commit a tough crime 3. The death of a human being does not change. Death is death regardless of the age of the criminal.

II. Body
1.why should minors who commit serious crimes be charged as adults? If they act like an adult they should be treated as an adult
-Why should minors get preferences?
2.Now that I have explained why if they act like adults they should be treated as an adult I am going to tell you why no little kid has the malice to commit a tough crime -As a teenager did it ever come to mind to harm others? a. Most of us were busy with our boyfriend/ girlfriend, getting over heartbreak or simply having fun with family or friends.

- Show two stories
a. Shawn
-16 year old that attacked his father who was sleeping, stabbing him in the arms, head and neck repeatedly with a knife.
- Was sentenced 90- day evaluation in the California Youth Authority b. Jose
-15 year old that along with four other minors were hanging out and drinking started...
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