Florida (2010) particularly, the Court has applied to juveniles’ non-capital sentences the rigorous proportionality review that, for adults, has been reserved for death sentences.
The first is that juvenile offenders are different from and less culpable than adults and should usually be subject to more lenient criminal sanctions.
Second, if children are unable to make adult judgments and inhibit their actions, rather than simply being unwilling to do so, that should speak in favor of a juvenile justice system that recognizes that juvenile offenders may be more amendable to rehabilitation than adults.
"Success stories are rare among delinquents" - Richard Ross
"There is every reason to predict that today most of these students, like those who came before them in the juvenile justice systems, will never receive a high school diploma or a college degree, will be arrested and confined again as a juvenile or adult, and will rarely, if ever, become self-supporting, law-abiding citizens during most of their lives." - Just Learning: A Study of Juvenile Justice Schools in the South and the Nation.
Harsh Punishment Reduces Crime
Protects the safety of the public.
Should Juveniles Be Tried As Adults?
This basically means, should it be right for children under the age of 18 to be sentenced for crimes they commit, with the same intense sentencing as adults.
This shows that there is an obvious gap between juveniles and adults.
Morals of people are inherent from birth meaning that kids and adults should know the difference between right and wrong (HCHS1259 1). If a child has bad behaviour, it does not mean that the bad behaviours were forced into them rather that they are have chosen to be like that out of their own free will. This therefore means that a crime is committed willingly by the offender and they are of sound mind while doing that.
Ken LaMance. Juvenile tried as an adult. 2012. Web. 27 April, 2012.
I still stand by my opinion that children should not be tried as adults in a court when they commit a crime. I cannot find any reason to support the fact that an 8 year old boy should be tried in the same court as a 50 year-old man who has committed the same crime. The two are nowhere comparable in term of maturity. Imagine an 8-year old sitting in an adult court where he may receive a death penalty of life imprisonment. What could he possibly understand while sitting through the proceedings?