Juvenile Tried As Adults Essay Contest

  • If You Can Do the Crime You Can Do The Time

    Juveniles should deffinatley be tried as adults because, its not like they dont know what they are doing. Now a days people are smarter than you think, with the increase in technology, you cant take anyone for granite. If a person is aware of what they are doing and has control of what they are doing then they should be punished, hence the Insanity clause. Now, a kid at 14 years old shouldnt be insane. But if he is then he should be in a mental institution just like all the rest. Then again, everyone is equal right? I mean after all; This is America.

  • Tried as an adult

    I do feel that juveniles should be tired as an adult depending on the crime. I feel if a child decides to make a huge life changing decision they should have to suffer the consequences. If their crime is something little and they don't have a criminal background, then no I don't think they should be.

  • Tried as adult

    JUVENILES SHOULD BE TRIED AS AN ADULY AND IM SAYING THIS AND IM A JUVENILE MYSELF. Some people might think this is very harsh but i personally believe that if you commit a crime and were smart enough to do it then you are able to be tried as an adult

  • Kids should be charged as adults only if the crime committed is heinous

    I as a 17 year old teen, think that if a kid commits a crime like rape, murder, or something else like that, they should be charged as an adult. Otherwise, they should be charged as a Juvenile because there is a proven study that kids who grow up in bad homes, bad neighborhoods, or the like often do things because they don't know any better. They should get help.

  • Old enough to know what they are doing

    Minors, no matter how old are capible of knowing the difference between right and wrong. Minors should be charged as adults. No matter if its shop lifting or cold blood murder, charge the kids as adults and maybe they will start thinking like one and grow up. Minors are capible of knowing what they are doing, so there for they can pay the time for it .

  • Teens are NOT Kids, they are Young Adults

    13- 18 year old kids are smart enough to know that if you kill, rape, or torture a person, you will go to jail & you understand that your actions are wrong. Im 16 & im a good person, you don't see me killing, raping, or torturing a person because I don't have a develop mind. For teens who were involve but they did not know that someone was going to be killed, or didn't hurt anyone, they should get parole. But for teens who enjoys killing, then it should be death row for them

  • Be responsible for what you did!

    Minors should be tried as adults because they made the same mistakes as adults. If they had the guts to break the law they should have the responsibility to face what they did. Age does not matter because its just a number. What matters the most is for justice to be served how its supposed to be.

  • You Should Not Give Juveniles Special Treatment

    By not punishing juveniles to the full extent of the law, you imply that they are above the law. Most young criminals actually rely on the age bias, knowing that they will get a slap on the wrist before being let out. Imagine your most dearest and most cherished person being killed or raped by a juvenile. Not only do they automatically have immunity to the death penalty, but they will be, at most, detained for a small period of time.

  • All kids no right from wrong despite mental conspacity

    It you can train a dog to obey simple commands than how easy it should be for us as the highest form of intelligent beings to understand right from wrong despite your age. Kids today are far more intelligent 5yrs. Old today than they were at 10yrs. Old 30 years ago. We as a society have get out of the century year old mentality than 13-18 years of age are ignorant of their actions, because they're not and they will play the system as long as the system let them.

  • Being tried as an adult gives you more constitutional protections.

    Most minors waiver to be tried as an adult because they get more protections in court. When you are being tried as a minor you do not appear before a jury. You do get that right when you are being tried as an adult. Most juries are actually more in favor of the minor because he/she is just a child. If you think being tried as an adult will be harder for the minor to be found innocent you are wrong. Also, just because you are tried as an adult doesn't mean you are automatically found guilty; you could be found not guilty and wouldn't have to face punishment.

  • We are honoring each of the Top 10 winners of our Third Annual Student Editorial Contest by publishing an essay a day. You can find them all here.

    Below, an essay by Miriam Gold, age 14.


    It’s Time for Teens to Vote

    At sixteen years old, Jack Andraka discovered an inexpensive method to test for pancreatic cancer. At just fifteen, Louis Braille invented the Braille writing system, allowing the blind to read and write. Additionally, Malala Yousafzai was seventeen when she won the Nobel Peace Prize for promoting women’s education in Pakistan. These teens show themselves to be innovators and inspirers, their work rivaling the achievements of our most celebrated adults. However, even with the potential that every teen holds, they are denied a voice in who governs their own country. As a politically aware high school student, I should be allowed to vote at sixteen in the November 2016 election because my opinion is no less valid than the adults who vote.

    Throughout history, restricted voting has been a way for the government to stifle the voices of those they did not want to hear. In 1870, blacks were finally given the right to vote; and in 1920, Congress gave voting rights to women. Finally, Americans understood that no matter what group someone belonged to, their right to vote should be protected — except one group, teens. Through unfair voting law, teens are told that the fundamental rights of all Americans do not apply to them.

    Many who deny teens’ rights to vote believe teens will make uninformed decisions that will hurt the country. Although many teens may seem not to care about voting now, this could easily be changed. An extremely effective ways to increase voting interest is “to inoculate [teens] with a significant dose of meaningful responsibility and authority” (Epstein 17). If students are given the responsibility of a vote that will affect their life, most will become more invested in electing the best candidate.

    Although teens are not extended the rights of adults, they are still burdened with the responsibilities. In many states,“A child, defined as a person under age 18, can be tried as an adult if the child was age 14 or older at the time of the offense” (“How”). If our society believes teens can handle the burden of adult responsibility, why are they believed undeserving of adult rights?

    Not only do teens deserve the right to vote, their votes would prove constructive to society. Research shows political involvement by teens to “trickle up” to their parents, increasing voter turnout, and, “Empirical evidence suggests that the earlier in life a voter casts their first ballot, the more likely they are to develop voting as a habit” (“Lower”). Low voter turnout is only worsening, but teen voting could help turn this issue around because countless teenagers like myself would be proud to fill out the ballots deciding our country’s future.

    Works Cited

    Belluck, Pam. “Sixteen Candles, but Few Blazing a Trail to the Ballot Box.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 26 Aug. 2007. Web. 24 Mar. 2016.

    “Chapter 12. Political Socialization and Civic Competence.” Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Nations The Civic Culture (2006): n. pag. Web. 24 Mar. 2016.

    Epstein, Robert. Teen 2.0: Saving Our Children and Families From the Torment of Adolescence. Fresno, CA: Quill Driver/Word Dancer, 2010. Print.

    Giacomo, Carol. “A Nobel Peace Prize for Malala Yousafzai.” The New York Times n.d.: n. pag. Taking Note: A Nobel Peace Prize for Malala Yousafzai Comments. The New York Times, 10 Oct. 2014. Web. 24 Mar. 2016.

    “How Are Juveniles Tried as Adults?” Ohio State Bar Association. www.ohiobar.org, 21 Sept. 2015. Web. 24 Mar. 2016.

    Kaiman, Jonathan, Amanda Holpuch, David Smith, Jonathan Watts and Alexandra Topping. “Beyond Malala: Six Teenagers Changing the World.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 18 Oct. 2013. Web. 24 Mar. 2016.

    “Lower the Voting Age — FairVote.” FairVote. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2016.

    “Why October Is Youth History Month.” Youth History Month. Pro-Youth Pages, 2007. Web. 24 Mar. 2016.


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