Life accords everyone an opportunity of living once; in this case, one ought to be careful of the choices taken. Many teenagers make wrong decision by leading a life of crime without the knowledge that every misdeed has a consequence. In some instances when the young commit serious crimes, they are subject to the Adult court and get the available punishment. This paper critically argues in favor of the adult court by exposing juveniles to life imprisonment or even prison without parole. Mccabe (2007) argue that in the current society, the crime rates continue to skyrocket and the minors perpetrate most of these crimes. Mccabe (2007) affirm that youths deserve incarceration as adults since they are fully aware of their actions that are wrong. According to figure 1.0, there is high prevalence of crimes perpetrated by the minors.
Bamford (2009) refute this argument on the ground that minors are not subject to adult courts since they do not think and act as adults. Bamford (2009) says that minors cannot are not physically capable of acting in the capacity of adults such as the signing of legal contracts. Young adults are naïve to make mature and responsible decisions since the brain is not fully developed. Additionally, teenagers do not have a full-developed cerebellum that enables them control their impulse. According to research, there is a high chance for the juvenile violators to turn around their lives. The use of rehabilitation and psychological guidance can help in correcting their crimes. Bamford (2009) claim that it is morally unjust to sentence minors when there is a high probability of turning their life around with some help.
It is important to treat the juvenile cases as adults since they know what they are doing. People in this generation are smarter and the courts need to be aware of the mistakes taken for granted by the young adults and address them with strict measures. Minors are able to differentiate right and wrong and therefore liable for their actions. Mccabe(2007) claims that minors make mistakes as adults do. In this case, the court should hold them responsible and discharge justice equally for all people.
In conclusion, minors may be young but are able to differentiate right from wrong. This is because they have the same mindset with adults. By treating, the minor cases in adult courts can reduce the crime rates considerably.
Bamford, B. (2009). The D. C. Juvenile Court: Social Agency Or A Court Of Law?. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 19(4), 144-146.
Mccabe, S. (2007). Juvenile Courts: Have they Outgrown their Usefulness?. Probation Journal, 30(4), 136-138.