Imagine you are 12 old ages old and you are holding an statement with your friend, and the statement turns to a violent battle and your friend is dead. Now imagine being in forepart of a justice and hearing that you are traveling to pass the remainder of your life in an grownup prison. This is a inexorable world for many juveniles right now in America. They are being tried as grownups and being sent to adult prisons. Crimes being committed by young person is a turning job, and society is more accepting of immature teens or even younger kids being sent into the grownup prisons systems where they face violent onslaughts, lose what instruction they have, and frequently clip join packs to last. Staticss show that many of the juveniles that do last and acquire out are more likely to come out and perpetrate more violent offenses.
Many juveniles that are in grownups prisons right now are in there non merely for violent offenses but besides for lesser grades of offenses. For illustration in USA today there was an column about a 12 twelvemonth old male child in Florida who was being interviewed in a maximum-security prison pace for stealing a auto and taking several province and local constabulary in a high-velocity pursuit which ended when he crashed into an interstate main road barrier. When asked if he was sorry for what he done they child said it was the “ greatest twenty-four hours of his life. “ It was like Smokey and the Bandit [ a popular pursuit movie ] ” . ( Smith ) This is merely one illustration of the adulthood degree of the juveniles in prisons with harden grownup felons. The sad world of his captivity is he is non in for perpetrating a violent offense, but for making something that he had seen in his favourite film.
In today society immature people are being more exposed to violent films, and picture games. So we must inquire ourselves is it societies mistake that these immature people are perpetrating these offenses. The adulthood degree of juveniles does non let them to ever cognize what the effects are for reenacting the force they see in the films, or in video games. The picture game series Grand Theft Auto is a picture game where you steal autos, and kill cocottes with fire throwsters. Some may be naA?ve plenty to believe that juveniles are non playing these games because you have to be 18 to purchase it, but with the cyberspace today anyone of any age can acquire these games. The films and picture games do non demo these immature people the effects of the actions being played out. It is the duty of society as a whole to hold countenances in topographic point so that these violent films and games are ne’er produce for them to see.
In a congressional testimony given by Tracy McClard on April 21st 2010 she describes the effects on her 16 twelvemonth old boy Jonathan after being arrested so being sentenced to adult prison for a offense he committed while under the influence of drugs. In her testimony she tells us about the twenty-four hours he shot his ex-girlfriends new fellow because the new fellow had threaten to kill the ex-girlfriend and her unborn babe ( Jonathan ‘s babe ) . The new fellow did non decease as a consequence of being shot. Jonathan was an overall good child that merely had a oversight in judgement. He turned himself in believing that the constabulary would understand that he was merely seeking to salvage two lives ; little did he cognize that he would be thrown in a county gaol where his whole and the live of his household would be drastically changed everlastingly. While in the county gaol Jonathan was faced with the determination to seek and complete his instruction while confronting the reverberations of other imamates or fall in a pack to last. Jonathan had dreams of going a physician or a head-shrinker unluckily these dreams will ne’er go a world. Although in Missouri has plans in topographic point for juveniles like Jonathan to be placed in alternate life run by the Missouri Department of Youth Services ( DYS ) and a representative for DYS came to his condemning hearing to attest that Jonathan was a really good campaigner for the plan the justice hearing the instance denied this and sentenced Jonathan back to gaol. Jonathan was being shuffled around from one county gaol to the following but one in specific he ne’er wanted to reenter upon hearing that he was being transferred back there he was found hanging in his cell three yearss after his 17th birthday. ( McClard ) Unfortunately this is what many immature people are confronting mundane while incarcerated, they are being beaten, raped, and overpowered by work forces and adult females twice their size. Many of these immature wrongdoers do fall in packs to last so what lessons are they larning while incarcerated other than the lesson of how to last and their instructors now are non 1s with higher instruction backgrounds but with backgrounds that are “ street ” learned and hardened.
In surveies done over the old ages it shows that there is a higher recidivism rate in juveniles that are placed in the grownup prison system. One survey done by experts identifies several possible accounts for the higher recidivism rates of violent juveniles offender tried in condemnable tribunal to those tried in juvenile tribunal:
The stigmatisation and other negative effects of labeling juveniles as convicted criminals.
The sense of bitterness and unfairness juveniles feel about being tried and punished as grownups.
The acquisition of condemnable mores and behaviours while incarcerated with grownup wrongdoers.
The lessening focal point on rehabilitation and household support in the grownup system. ( Redding, Bazemore and Umbriet ) .
Another study done by a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the UT School of Law finds that every twelvemonth, about 80 kids age 13 and younger are judicially transferred to adult tribunal. Many of these immature kids are being treated as grownups for comparatively minor discourtesies. On a individual twenty-four hours in 2008, 7, 703 kids under the age 18 were held in big local gaols and 3, 650 in grownup province prisons. ( Deitch ) .
Federal and province jurisprudence shapers need to take a base for these juveniles. Alternatively of go throughing Torahs that juveniles be tried as grownups the jurisprudence shapers need to take into consideration what the reverberations in making so is holding on the juvenile wrongdoers. In 2001 prosecuting officers in Florida put two 14 twelvemonth olds on test as grownups for homicides committed when they where 12 and 13. A Fort Lauderdale jury convicted Lionel Tate of first-degree slaying in the 1999 decease of six twelvemonth old Tiffany Eunick, and the justice imposed a compulsory sentence of life without word. Four months subsequently a West Palm Beach jury found Nathaniel Brazill guilty of second-degree slaying and the 14 twelvemonth old was sentenced to 28 old ages in prison without word for killing his English instructor, Barry Grunow. A supreme tribunal in California has ruled that a 15 twelvemonth old male child, Charles Andrew Williams should be tried as an grownup for the slaying of two pupils in a school shot. ( McCormick ) . This is merely one of many articles on how easy it is to seek juveniles as grownups. Law shapers are non believing of rehabilitation for these immature wrongdoers even though they have committed awful offenses, some with intense therapy and go oning their instruction can be rehabilitated. Alternatively they are banging the door and throwing off the key on these immature lives.