In 2008, there were 525 fitness hearings, out of which 193 youth were found fit and 332 youth were found unfit for juvenile court treatment. Not only in California are juveniles being tried as adults, but other places as well. Young people are being sent away to adult prisons that most likely “Have nothing to gain, or nothing to lose” (Coleman). Juvenile offenders should not be treated as adults because they have a time set aside for learning and growing, and they are still doing just that. Also, they don't have the responsibilities of full-grown adults, and still depend on their parents to provide for them. There are many different reasons that make people have their own opinions considering children and how they should be treated and tried in criminal cases. However, juvenile offenders are just children and adolescents who have not reached legal age to adult standards. In other areas of law we recognize the differences between children and adults. Children are not permitted the same rights and responsibilities as adults (voting, smoking, joining the military, etc.) because we recognize their inability to make adult decisions (Stamps). Therefore, why should we only treat youths as adults when they commit a crime? Juveniles need the proper treatment to be rehabilitated, and to do that you need programs and activities which most adult jails do not offer. Juvenile facilities give a better opportunity to learn, grow, and change. Recent research demonstrates that transferring children from juvenile court to adult court does not decrease recidivism, and in fact actually increases crime (Stamps). Juveniles also have not fully developed in the same way adults have. Teenagers seem to respond more strongly with quicker impulses than they do with evaluating the consequences of what they’re doing. In the article “Startling Finds on Teenage Brains”, Paul Thompson says, “During the teenage years there is a massive loss of brain tissue.” For example, Lionel Tate was twelve...
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