It is not uncommon for child offenders to land in jail. The ages that these “Juvies” or Juveniles enter prison can range from 7-18 years old. Sadly some of these kids commit heinous crimes that tend to be non-bailable.
Some U.S. states try these children when they reach the adult age. For the meantime, these kids stay in juvenile detention centers until they are moved to a more secure center when they reach the right age. Here are some advantages and disadvantages that come with trying juveniles as adults.
Heinous crimes are brought to justice
Juveniles are old enough to distinguish right from wrong. Violent cases such as murder and murder with robbery are often in the extremes. All the families and victims deserve to have justice, and the age of the assailant is not an excuse to prevent justice from being served.
As a deterrent
Juvenile crimes are on the rise. A good example to deter them from doing more crimes is by forcing the law on them. Kids that think of committing crimes should know that the full extent of the law will go against them. If they are found guilty, they will be tried as adults and receive the maximum punishment appropriate for the crimes they intend to commit.
Although some of them do change and feel remorse for the crimes, the hope in much lighter sentences is rarely given out. Harsh sentences are often handed out for these juveniles.
Crimes like involuntary manslaughter due to driving under the influence can sometimes mean juvenile life without parole. This situation sends a message that all hope is lost for the young offender and their families.
Young offenders stand the chance of getting abused more when they finally reach the age suitable for their trial. These juveniles almost always end up on the wrong side of prison when their time to serve comes.
It is a sad reality that children can do horrific acts of violence and crime at such tender ages. It is also sad that when the time comes, the law will eventually catch up to them and the full extent of punishment is served.
As parents, people should be the first in making kids realize the wrongs from the rights. If more people only listen, then less and fewer juveniles will be spending time behind bars.